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- Parts of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city, could be underwater by 2050 due to a devastating combination of sinking land and sea level rise.
- The Indonesian government plans to address the issue by moving Jakarta 100 miles away from its current location.
- The project would require a $33 billion budget, but it might be the only way to save Jakarta’s 10 million residents from flooding.
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Jakarta is on track to become the world’s largest megacity, but it could soon lose a good portion of its residents.
The Indonesian government recently approved a plan to move the capital 100 miles away from its current location on the island of Java. Though the central bank and financial institutions would remain put, between 900,000 and 1.5 million of Jakarta’s residents could be headed for a new address.
After a seven-decade reign as Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta faces the growing challenge of sea level rise, which threatens to submerge entire swathes of the city by 2050. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that Jakarta’s land is sinking up to 6.7 inches per year due to excessive groundwater pumping.
In recent years, floods have devastated homes, vehicles, and local businesses, particularly in Jakarta’s poorer neighborhoods. Take a look at the damage.
Jakarta is home to more than ten million residents. The metropolitan area is more than three times bigger.
The city is on track to surpass Tokyo as the world’s largest megacity by 2030.
Jakarta currently rests on swampy land in a low-lying basin along the Java Sea.
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