Global warming could submerge three of India's largest cities
- MADRAS (AFP) Dec 06, 2003
Global warming could submerge three of India's biggest citiesbeneath
the sea by 2020 unless the crisis was brought under control, an
Indian scientist warned Saturday.
"If the warming continues, there will be about half to one metre
increase in sea level by 2020 and cities like Bombay, Calcutta and
Madras will be completely submerged," said Rajiv Nigam, a scientist
with the Geological Oceanography Division, in the western Indian
state of Goa.
He said that a one-metre rise in sea level could cause five trillion
rupees (108 billion dollars) worth of damage to property in Goa
"If this is the quantum of damage in a small state like Goa that has
only two districts, imagine the extent of property loss in metros
like Bombay," he added at a workshop in the National College in
Dirudhy, Tamil Nadu state.
He also predicted that global warming could also cause frequent
cyclones along the coastal areas and affect the annual monsoon rains,
which is crucial for India's farm-dependent economy.
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