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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 08:51

Flooding in Bangkok likely impacted by land subsidence

Interview with World Bank's Jan Bojo.

In Bangkok, where the city's housing stock has doubled in the last decade, a high-emission scenario will see a 30 percent increase in areas inundated by 2050, almost double the number of people affected and prolong the period of flooding. And the additional damage caused by climate-related flooding could cost the Bangkok Metropolitan Region up to 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the report, flooding in Bangkok is caused by land subsidence (a result of ground water pumping) and increased rainfall in the large watershed that drains through the city. It is less vulnerable to storm surges and sea-level rise, unlike the other two cities. AlertNet spoke to Jan Bono, World Bank's sector leader for environment in East Asia & Pacific about the problem with land subsidence and what can be done about it.

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