More world megacities vulnerable to major floods

12/20/2012 | Yale Environment 360

In coming years, the number of coastal megacities at risk of storm surges and flooding is expected to rise significantly. In terms of assets, the risks faced by low-lying cities such as Tokyo, New Orleans and Amsterdam are projected to be surpassed by the fast-growing metropolises of Calcutta, Shanghai, Mumbai, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. "The landscape of vulnerability has changed spectacularly," says Vinod Thomas of the Asian Development Bank.

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