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Saturday, 28 May 2016

40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UN report

Due to rapid urbanisation and economic growth, in future nearly 40 million Indians will be at risk from rising sea levels by 2050, with people in Mumbai and Kolkata having the maximum exposure to coastal flooding says UN environment report.

‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments' says the worst impacts of climate change will be seen in the Pacific and South and South-East Asia and projects that seven of the 10 most vulnerable countries worldwide are in the Asia Pacific region.
India tops the list with nearly 40 million people in the country projected to be at risk from rising sea levels, followed by more than 25 million in Bangladesh, over 20 million in China and nearly 15 million in the Philippines.
Cities under threat : The report says Mumbai and Kolkata in India, Guangzhou and Shanghai in China, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Yangon in Myanmar, Bangkok in Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong in Vietnam are the cities that will be severely exposed to coastal flooding in 2070.

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