The City of Manila Could be Underwater by 2050 if Climate Change Isn’t Stopped
A new report from Climate Central published in Nature Communications has found that 300 million people living in flood-prone areas around the world could potentially be displaced if climate change continues unstopped.
According to the report by Climate Central, an organization of leading scientists and journalists, rising sea levels could by 2050 push floods to occupy land that is currently home to 300 million people. Climate Central also created a world map that lets you view the land projected to be below the tideline by 2050.
As seen on the map, the threat is concentrated largely in Asia due to the amount of coastal towns and cities in low-lying areas. The eight most vulnerable Asian countries are: China, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines.
In the Philippines alone, the entire city of Manila could find itself underwater if climate change doesn’t slow down. Other affected areas in Metro Manila include parts of Pasay, Navotas, Malabon, and Valenzuela. Most of these areas run along the coast or the west end of Pasig River. If the map’s predictions are true, all of Intramuros, half of Rizal Park, Cultural Complex of the Philippines, De La Salle University – Manila, and even City of Dreams could be gone, or relocated, by 2050.
In this new future shaped by climate change, Makati could be the new coastal city of Metro Manila and Intramuros could become our Atlantis.
On the maps below, the areas in red indicate places that are prone to permanent flooding due to climate change.