Battle against rising tides

Jakarta: Indonesian capital eyes giant wall to counter rising seas

Find out what are some of the measures the Indonesian government is taking to tackle the problem of rising sea levels.
Breakwaters have been placed about 2km from North Jakarta's shores to help coastal residents, many of whom are traditional fishermen or poor families.
Breakwaters have been placed about 2km from North Jakarta's shores to help coastal residents, many of whom are traditional fishermen or poor families.ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

Two weeks ago, Ms Cin Hua, a resident of Kerang Hijau village in North Jakarta, almost lost her granddaughter to a flood caused by seawater overflowing onto land.

"Luckily, I can swim. She could have drowned," said Ms Cin, a 65-year-old shrimp seller who was also caught in the flood.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesian capital eyes giant wall to counter rising seas'. Print Edition | Subscribe