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The World's Fastest Sinking Cities

From New Orleans to Jakarta, these six cities are sinking at a fast rate.

Almost under water

Rising sea levels due to climate change are turning cities into Atlantis. 6 of the world’s fastest sinking cities.

Jakarta

Parts of Indonesia's capital could be underwater by 2050 due to the combination of sinking land and sea level rise according to the World Economic Forum. The city is sinking up to 6.7 inches per year into the Java Sea. Indonesia has approved a 10-year plan to move its capital hundreds of miles away to protect the 10 million residents from flooding.

Houston

Over-extraction of groundwater has caused the sinking of the Texas city since the 1920s. Parts of Houston are sinking at a rate of 2 inches per year — as reported by the US Geological Survey. Making the city more vulnerable to increasingly frequent hurricanes.

Beijing

Parts of the Chinese capital are sinking at the alarming rate of 4 inches per year in line with the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Home to over 20 million people, Beijing is the 5th most water-stressed city in the world.

Bangkok

40% of Bangkok will be inundated by as early as 2030 due to extreme rainfall in consonance with the World Bank. With the weight of skyscrapers contributing to its descent into water, the capital is sinking up to 0.8 inches per year. In 2011, 815 people were killed and 13 million were affected by the worst floods in decades.

New Orleans

Much of the Big Easy’s land is already sinking. According to a 2016 NASA study, certain parts of New Orleans are sinking at a rate of 2 inches per year.It’s on track to be underwater by 2100 as reported by NASA.

Lagos

Rising sea levels are putting Nigeria’s most populous city increasingly at risk. A sea level rise of just 3 to 9 feet will have a “catastrophic effect”on human activities in Nigeria’s coastline based on data from the University of Plymouth.

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09/09/2019 9:23 PM
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162 comments

  • Lourdes P.
    11/11/2019 18:49

    Not good!

  • Neia S.
    11/10/2019 15:50

    Omg

  • Yamie Z.
    10/31/2019 03:30

    If this will happen to the philippines baka mg agawan mga mayayaman pgbili da mount Dupungan sa Dinas and lahat ng matataas na bundok sa pinas basta hindi lng bulkan..

  • Prateek S.
    10/31/2019 02:42

    meanwhile Guyana is just happy they will get oil money. Who cares about planning and protecting lands from flooding...as long as we protect the oil we good!

  • A E.
    10/31/2019 00:13

    Thank you for sharing meaningful and lightening one

  • Baby M.
    10/30/2019 15:41

    Plant trees as natural water storage so that water will not go directly to the sea that keep on rising. Balding our forest has caused an abnormal, imbalance of water and land mass which God has designed.

  • Luqman S.
    10/30/2019 09:01

    this is not good way to move ... capital .. they can build wall outside rivers and ocean sea .. may b its help

  • Resof C.
    10/30/2019 06:06

    What?😱 Houston Texas too😱 nooo

  • Mikey D.
    10/30/2019 01:07

    Guyana need to take note

  • Lilfive D.
    10/29/2019 18:46

    natural selection is the only solution

  • Ismael T.
    10/29/2019 11:50

    donate the water into the desert land

  • Adeel S.
    10/28/2019 15:45

    Qayamat

  • Prakash K.
    10/28/2019 12:22

    Its all due to global warming .. more water in oceans and sea and no snow at mountains are co-related.... We should start prevention from now....😢😢😱🤔🤔🤔

  • Max M.
    10/28/2019 08:46

    And Still Trump Says Global Warming is just a Propaganda, Wow Americans Are Really Making Their Country Great Again, By Sinking It Under Water

  • Mladen V.
    10/28/2019 03:37

    , mirá este vídeo y charlamos.

  • Joy N.
    10/27/2019 12:35

    Crazy 😱

  • Huma R.
    10/27/2019 02:52

    "Houston, we have a problem!" 😅

  • Goldiie L.
    10/26/2019 20:00

    You guys are sinking because of what you are doing to your land. We out here in the Pacific are sinking also because of what you big cities are doing to our environment! Climate change! And is this the reason why Indonesia is land grabbing at West Papua? A land of the MELANESIAN people! ✊

  • Charley C.
    10/26/2019 01:20

    over popilation..groundwater levels are declining and sky scrapers are the number 1 reason ,,,,nothing to do with climate change...and 3 to 9 feet ocean rise is not true..its a hoax madeup by left idiots who cant even predict the weather for next month

  • Madanraj J.
    10/25/2019 15:40

    Oh!