WASHINGTON, DC, September 3, 2013 (ENS) – The World Bank has crunched the numbers and the results are in. Five of the world’s 10 cities most at risk of flooding as climate change causes sea levels to rise are in the United States.
In terms of the overall cost of damages, they are: Miami, which is at greatest risk, followed by New York, New Orleans, Tampa and Boston.
The other five are: Guangzhou, China; Mumbai, India; Nagoya, Japan; Shenzen, China; Osaka, Japan.
In its newly published quantification of present and future flood losses in the world’s 136 largest coastal cities, the bank calculates that the costs of flood damage could rise to $1 trillion a year if coastal cities do not adapt.