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Indonesia will build new capital because Jakarta, it’s current capital, is sinking

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Flooding is frequent in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is sinking

  

Indonesia is building a new capital because Jakarta, the nation’s current capital city, is sinking and will be completely underwater in 30 years, experts say.

President Joko Widodo announced Monday that a new capital will be constructed on the island of Borneo close to the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda. President Widodo did not name the new capital.

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and be completed by 2024 at a cost of $34 billion, several news sites have reported. Workers will have to construct new ministry buildings.

Jakarta, a city of 10 million, has been Indonesia’s capital since 1964 when the country was part of the Dutch East Indies.

It is built on swampy ground, and is located near the Java Sea. Thirteen rivers also run through the city. The combination leads to frequent flooding.

Jakarta has sunk 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) in 10 years and 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) a year in some parts of the city.

The British Broadcasting System reported that the entire city will be underwater by 2050.

After a rain, it is not unusual to see residents standing in waist deep water, collecting floating household items.

 

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