By some estimates, as much as 40 percent of the city now sits below sea level. With mean global sea levels rising by 3.3 millimeters per year, and amid signs that rainstorms are getting more intense as the atmosphere heats up, damaging floods have become commonplace.
How much of Jakarta is underwater?
Forty percent of Jakarta is already below sea level, but the main reason why the city is sinking is not climate change. Instead, it’s a thirst for clean water. Less than half of the city’s population has access to piped water, leading to a proliferation of wells and pumps, often installed illegally.
Why is Jakarta sinking?
Like many coastal cities around the world, Jakarta is dealing with sea-level rise. But Indonesia’s biggest city also has a unique problem: Because of restricted water access in the city, the majority of its residents have to extract groundwater to survive. And it’s causing the city to sink.
Which cities will be underwater by 2050?
The coastal state of Goa, which is famous for its beach vacations, will also witness a considerable rise in sea levels by 2050, and areas like Mapusa, Chorao Island, Mulgao, Corlim, Dongrim will be the most affected. However, according to reports, most regions in South Goa will remain intact.
Is Tokyo sinking?
And in many of the most populated coastal areas, the land is sinking even faster than the sea is rising. Parts of Tokyo for instance sank by 4 metres during the 20th century, with 2 metres or more of sinking reported in Shanghai, Bangkok, and New Orleans. This process is known as subsidence.