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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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  • Brut
    09/09/2019 21:18

    Iceland recently mourned the loss of Okjökull, its first glacier lost to climate change.

  • Amina B.
    09/09/2019 22:56

    لا إله إلا الله

  • Dudz C.
    09/10/2019 01:32


  • Joseph F.
    09/10/2019 02:51

    We’re warned

  • Melissa O.
    09/10/2019 03:21


  • Suzanne C.
    09/10/2019 03:22

    That’s very sad and scary 😳

  • Renfebron R.
    09/10/2019 06:14

    That's the result & impacts of so what we called modern development while denuding our rainforests those skyscrapers & massive infrastructures cannot handle water other that trees in rainforests SMH the saddening fact

  • Gohar A.
    09/10/2019 11:07

    So global warming is real 😂

  • Zaki I.
    09/12/2019 07:59

    is this true?

  • Rohmat H.
    09/13/2019 21:35


  • Frankc K.
    09/13/2019 23:25


  • Afsal K.
    09/14/2019 00:28

    It's natural pronomina,

  • Josh R.
    09/14/2019 00:50

    Plant more trees please

  • Nita E.
    09/14/2019 13:08

    Natural selection. What did the human think? That what they do have no consequences? Go mother earth! Take back what is yours.

  • Akash Y.
    09/14/2019 14:45

    It's going worse.... And we witness... Plant a tree... Try not to use plastic..

  • Khan A.
    09/15/2019 02:54

    সামনে সমূহ বিপদ। আমাদের কী হবে কেউ কি জানেন?

  • S M.
    09/15/2019 03:26

    Allah has blessed Bangladesh. Otherwise we would have sunk

  • Liepin O.
    09/15/2019 04:27


  • Souryadip R.
    09/16/2019 04:15

    Anek ki6u habe dekhte thak jatodin beche a6is.. Google e "3102 BCE" poris parle idea chole asbe... Amader 2400 jete jete sesh na hoe jay sab.. report gulo porbi r news gulo dekhe compare korbi , bhable bhay kare.. seijanne jatodin a6is bindaas thak..

  • Imran A.
    09/16/2019 06:22

    see level rising. plant more trees.stop polluting