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As per reports, 95 percent of North Jakarta is at the risk of getting submerged by 2050, if current rates continue. Climate change, excessive depletion of groundwater, rising sea levels, unchecked development and poor urban planning, have already led to parts of the city getting submerged. Adding to the danger is the fact that the city is built on an earthquake prone zone and is near the confluence of 13 rivers. Further, due to the lack of any piped water system in the northern parts of Jakarta, the city has to tap into its aquifers, leading to rampant extraction, causing land subsidence. The situation has become so alarming that the country is considering moving its capital to the island of Borneo. Indonesian President, Joko Widodo has asked the parliament to sign off on a plan to move the capital. Image credit: By Wibowo Djatmiko (Wie146) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9688608

11 global cities that are at risk of sinking in the future

Around the world, cities, especially those that are at the sea level, are finding themselves sinking at alarming rates. It’s a vicious cycle: cities dig deeper into the ground to extract water, leading to land subsidence, rampant development leads to large scale destruction of green cover, growing populations and upward construction of huge buildings are causing cities to collapse inwards, while climate change and erratic weather patterns are leading to rising sea water level.

Cities, especially those in Asia, are at the risk of getting submerged, with devastating consequences.These cities are also racing against the clock to find out workable solutions to combat these risks.

We take a look at 11 cities which are at risk of getting submerged in the near future.