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Climate Change Increasing Flood Risk in Hong Kong

Climate change is increasing the risk of flooding in Hong Kong and China’s Pearl River Delta, according to a report by the Civic Exchange think tank and researchers at the University of Leeds.

Sea levels in the region may rise 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) by 2050, forcing more than a million people to move to higher areas, according to the report.

The Hong Kong Observatory has recorded a higher incidence of heavy rain storms in the past decade, increasing the risk of flooding in lowland areas of the delta, the study showed.

The authorities in Hong Kong and neighboring Guangdong province need to formulate a regional strategy to tackle the problem and more information should be released about which areas are at risk, Christine Loh, Civic Exchange’s chief executive officer, told a media briefing in Hong Kong today.

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