Sinking Shoreline Threatens Coastal Communities in Indonesia

Nur Anisa Rahmadani has to wade through shin-deep seawater to get to her primary school in Pantai Bahagia village on the north coast of Indonesia's Java island. Almost every day, the sea, which used to lap the shore a few kilometers away, floods her schoolyard and classrooms — clear evidence of the threat that Java's sinking coastline poses to millions of people. Experts say Pantai Bahagia, or "Happy Beach," and scores of other villages and towns along the shoreline are being inundated because of a grim combination of man-made environmental destruction and climate change. "On the one hand, we face climate change that causes sea levels to rise," said I Nyoman Suryadiputra, director of the Wetlands International Indonesia conservation group. At the same time, he said, the extraction of groundwater for use in big cities like the capital, Jakarta, is causing the subsidence of land along the coast. Roughly 40 percent of Jakarta is below sea level and a new sea wall has had to be built in a bid to hold back the waves. Still, large areas in the north of the city are regularly inundated, forcing businesses to pile up sandbags for protection while food stalls feed the hungry with water sloshing around their feet. Hundreds of kilometers to the east, in the seaside town of Demak, residents prop up their fridges and televisions on concrete blocks to keep them out of the murky water that flows into their homes during high tides. Some have simply abandoned their homes as the sea creeps closer. Lost mangroves Indonesia, an archipelago of thousands of islands, has about 81,000 km (50,000 miles) of coastline, making it particularly vulnerable to climate change. It is also home to more than a fifth of the world's mangrove forests, which naturally help keep the tides... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Sinking Shoreline Threatens Coastal Communities in Indonesia, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Sinking Shoreline Threatens Coastal Communities in Indonesia





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 6 March, 2018



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