In Flood-Prone Jakarta, Will 'Giant Sea Wall' Plan Sink or Swim?
Bangkok. Indonesia's bustling capital, Jakarta, is sinking faster than any other city in the world. But an ambitious plan to build a giant wall to keep out the encroaching sea has come under fire from fishermen who fear for their catches and homes, and water experts who say it doesn't do enough to tackle land subsidence. The city's northern areas have sunk 4 meters in the past 40 years, Japanese experts say, while some "hot spots" are said to be dropping as much as 20 centimeters a year. Read more