Let’s talk about these and more in this blog of top 10 places that will soon be underwater, including everything from New York City to islands like Fiji.
Coastal cities are the first to be affected by major changes, and those with the financial means are preparing to spend billions to ensure their survival. Several major cities are sinking due to rising sea levels and climate change, and in a few years, some of these cities will be uninhabitable and largely underwater.
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The actual jungle where dreams are made is in jeopardy in New York. The main reason is that it is built on an island, subject to rising sea levels and the formation of new islands. Do not combine. The sea level is expected to rise four to eight inches over the next decade, which may not seem like a big deal, but a five-foot rise would submerge LaGuardia Airport and portions of Manhattan by 2100, putting most New York underwater.
By 2050, 17 percent of Bangladesh’s land is expected to be flooded, displacing 18 million people. People in Bangladesh have previously been able to work around seasonal flooding by stopping their food production and seeking work elsewhere before returning home, but this will no longer be an option for them.
Soon, they will face even more severe seasonal floods, as well as more devastating storms and high tides, which currently only occur once every decade, but by 2100, could be a regular occurrence occurring three to fifteen times a year. They’ll be evicted from their homes shortly.
8. MIAMI, FLORIDA.
Miami’s situation is deteriorating to the point where the city may have to raise its structures to stay above water. Indeed, according to environmentalist Jeff Goodall, “There’s virtually no scenario under which you can imagine Miami existing at the end of the century.”
Isn’t that terrifying? The sea level is expected to rise anywhere from 10 to 30 feet through the end of the century. The beaches will soon be underwater due to flooding. The government will find it too costly to maintain them so that they will vanish.
The ground beneath it is mostly porous limestone, so water will eventually rise through it and flood the land. The city has now taken steps to raise roads and install pumps, but it may not be enough.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to visit Miami, you should do so soon.
7. KEY WEST, FLORIDA.
Many areas in Florida are at risk. Key West is said to be one of the first cities in the United States to experience flooding due to rising sea levels.
According to statistics, the sea level has risen nine inches in the last century. As a result, it is estimated that by 2060, more than 60% of the livable land will have been flooded. Ninety-five percent of livable land will be flooded by 2100.
Those are some frightening statistics.
6. CHARLESTON CENTRAL, SOUTH CAROLINA
According to studies, sea levels in Charleston have risen by about 12 inches in the last century. The rate at which it is moving is increasing. Subsidies are to blame for five of the 12 inches. In the 1970s, Charleston experienced approximately two days of flooding per year, and by some predictions, flooding would become a regular occurrence by 2045.
Floods in South Carolina have increased by 75% since 2000, and Charleston is particularly vulnerable to flooding due to its low elevation.
5. MARSHALL ISLANDS
In the central Pacific, the Marshall Islands are a group of volcanic islands and coral atolls. They are, alas, in grave danger of extinction. Some of the Marshall Islands are expected to be completely submerged by 2035. Others will be unable to drink water because it has become contaminated with saltwater. As a result, the 58,000 people who live there will be forced to relocate. The other option is to construct new artificial islands for residents.
But that would take years and be incredibly expensive. Besides, it’s unlikely to be completed in time for the residents to relocate. So, by 2045, if nothing is done, they will be completely engulfed.
Fiji is stunning, and I’ve always wanted to visit. However, because the sea level has been steadily rising, it appears that we should all take a trip as soon as possible. This sea level situation is due to the frequent cyclones, erosion, and flooding that they face.
Since 1993, sea levels have been rising at a rate of six millimeters per year on average. Then, in 2012, flooding forced an entire village to abandon their homes and relocate to higher ground.
Other villages claim that rising sea levels have caused them to lose 12 to 20 meters of shoreline. Sea levels are expected to rise to 43 centimeters by 2050, putting the coral there in jeopardy.
The coral reefs are being harmed by rising ocean temperatures, causing coral bleaching that causes the coral to turn white, making it more susceptible to disease.
It’s both sad and disturbing.
3. NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans is sinking at a rate of 2 inches per year in some areas. According to studies, it may be underwater by 2100. Some areas have already sunk to a depth of 15 feet below sea level. They were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused widespread destruction and flooding, but they could recover over time.
However, because of their location on a river delta, they are more vulnerable to flooding and sea-level rise. Parts of New Orleans were sinking at a rate of 2 inches per year, according to a NASA study published in 2016.
If current trends continue, they will be underwater by 2100.
The city of Bangkok is sinking at a rate of one to two centimeters per year. It is currently only 0.5 to 2 meters above sea level. Many areas of Bangkok are already drenched. As a result, it’s expected to be completely submerged by 2030.
They have only ten years to find a solution to this problem, or many residents will be displaced. All this happened since the government built a metro area on what was once marshland, which, combined with years of excessive groundwater pumping and constant construction, has put a strain on the foundation.
1. JAKARTA INDONESIA.
Jakarta is said to be the fastest sinking city on the planet. North Jakarta has sunk 2.5 meters in ten years, and some areas are sinking at a rate of 25 centimeters per year. According to studies, 95 percent of North Jakarta will be underwater by 2050.
Nearly half of the city now lies below sea level. As a result, many structures have already been flooded. They have attempted to repair the buildings damaged by the floods, but they continue to be damaged, forcing them to evacuate.
So, while the 13 rivers that run through Jakarta contribute to the problem, it is only getting worse due to climate change.
The Indonesian government has devised a plan to relocate the capital to Java to protect ten million people from flooding. Still, the move would take ten years and cost $33 billion.
As a result, it’s an unfortunate fact.