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Rising sea levels threaten 23 million in Indonesia's coastal cities by 2050: Study

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 5, 2019   /  06:07 am
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A map showing coastal areas of Indonesia's (in red) at risk of inundation by coastal flooding by 2050 as a result of rising sea levels caused by climate change(Climate Central/-)

Around 23 million people living in several of Indonesia’s coastal cities, including the capital Jakarta, risk having their homes inundated in coastal flooding by 2050 as a result of rising sea levels caused by climate change, a new report has warned. Those forecast to find themselves in flood zones in the archipelago are among 300 million citizens facing the risk globally in the next three decades ─ three times as many people as previously predicted, according to the study. A report by United States-based nonprofit research group Climate Central estimates that Indonesia, together with five other Asian countries, will be heavily impacted by the sea level rise, given the number of people living in each country’s low-lying coastal areas. “Mainland China, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand are home to the most people on land projected to be below ...