Among the cities at risk is Venice, which is slowly sinking mind is flooded: find out which cities will end up submerged by rising seas by 2030
Climate change is scary, but it's even scarier if the city you live in is at risk of ending up submerged by rising sea and ocean levels. Especially if the possibilities are not in the distant future, but in the coming years: even in 2030.
The list of cities, located around the world, was created based on the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, one of the most reliable actors on the issue. The website Climate Central has collected the cities on a map that is easy to consult to realize the risk we are facing.
Cities in danger of disappearing under water
The first place in the list is Amsterdam: the capital of the Netherlands is already, due to the shape of the land, below sea level. But in the next few years its systems of dams, barriers, embankments and locks may not be enough.
Remaining in Europe, is at risk even our Venice, which every year suffers recurring floods that flood Piazza San Marco. By 2030, water could permanently fill it. The city is also slowly sinking.
There are also cities in the Middle East like Basra, Iraq, with its port on the Shatt-al-Arab River. The waterway has branches throughout the city, which is surrounded by a large swamp: the risk of flooding exists, and would lead to an increase in diseases brought on by standing water.
On the American continent, there's the megacity New Orleans, another case where levee systems may not be sufficient, and Savannah, Georgia, which could be flooded by the ocean but also by the Ogeechee and Savannah rivers that surround it. There is also Georgetown, in Guyana, which for years has resisted flooding thanks to a large wall that surrounds the entire coast
We conclude with the Far East, where at risk are Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, which is located on the delta of the Mekong River, Kolkata in India, which would be seriously damaged by monsoons because the water has no room to recede, and finally Bangkok, in Thailand, the metropolis most at risk because for some years it has been slowly sinking and because it does not have a soil capable of absorbing excess water.