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Bangkok Facing Future of Flooding

Thailand is paying a price for rapid urbanization, which is one key reason floods are so badly affecting slowly sinking Bangkok. Should it move the entire city, as some experts advise?

What’s the Latest Development?


Faced with the combined threats of land subsidence and rising temperatures and sea levels, the World Bank has predicted that Bangkok’s flood risk will increase four-fold from now by 2050. Some experts say it is inevitable the city will one day be underwater, the only question is when.

What’s the Big Idea?

Bangkok is among the top 10 cities in the world facing the biggest potential impact from coastal flooding by 2070. Dealing with the phenomenon will be expensive elsewhere too. Across the Asia-Pacific region the Asian Development Bank has estimated it will cost a minimum of $10 billion a year to adapt to climate change.


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