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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  • Kaycee C.
    8 hours

    texas 😨

  • OM P.
    a day

    We human destroy nature so it just comes back to us.

  • Ameya R.
    a day

    You left out Mumbai

  • Efren F.
    2 days

    The movie Waterworld might become true in the not so distant future 🤔

  • Araceli G.
    4 days

    Ano pa ang hinahanap nyong lupa. Sinunog nyo na sa pag gamit nang langis. Nasa hangin na lahat, polluted pa

  • Sani I.
    4 days


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  • J.c. T.
    04/03/2020 09:12

    Plant forests of big trees to take the water up?

  • Gulden L.
    04/01/2020 22:23


  • Rebekah S.
    03/31/2020 00:07

    Less children that the couple want more children so need to set the limit is 3 kids this is enough!

  • Rima R.
    03/23/2020 03:28


  • AsyrafRasid
    03/13/2020 16:21

    Global Warming which most of the people doesn't care

  • Hajera M.
    03/13/2020 00:26

    Amazing consequences of man and nature

  • Jeanne A.
    03/10/2020 21:08

    Good... humans so selfish so self centered. So self centered. Me me me. Destroy everything in their path for money and or self enrichment. So many ways way too many people in this Earth. Mother Nature planet Earth will retaliate balance and take back her own regardless of how privileged people believe they are. It's coming and there is nothing absolutely nothing the humans can do to put this off. It's going to happen. People are parasites especially the men in power. Well they think they are in power because they have millions and or billions they take take and take without regard to balance. I pray daily please Father bring balance to your beautiful world. Instead of extinct animal species bring the human population to a manageable level. Not nature not your animals they have and are so suffering because of us. I pray for balance Father. Bring it ♡

  • Rajakumaran R.
    03/09/2020 00:21

    Vhey Choe

  • Ed U.
    02/24/2020 12:05

    Miami is also having severe flooding problems ... and Venice - lovely city - floods regularly and the Italians are having problems completing their sea wall dams ...

  • Raghav R.
    02/20/2020 22:43

    It's time for world should unite and remove border visa passport logic . One world one country . One religion . No more religion country logic.

  • Eifer S.
    02/20/2020 05:26

    Plant more trees

  • Ma Z.
    02/17/2020 10:36

    Cousin Fern