ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s largest coastal city with around 20 million populations would submerge into Arabian Sea in five decades as a result of climate change, reports said on
Asif Inam, who heads the National Institute of Oceanography, has also urged immediate government action.
The country’s top oceanographer told a parliamentary panel that southern city of Karachi and some others in Sindh province face the threat of being eroded by the rising sea level by 2060.
“Some parts of Karachi’s Malir area have already gone under water while Sindh’s Thatta and Badin districts will also sink by 2050.
“During the last 35 years, two kilometers of coastline and 200,000 acres of land have submerged,’’ Inam said.
Pakistan is sandwiched between highly industrialised China and India and faced threats such as increasing snow melt from Himalayan glaciers in the north and rising seas to the south.
Inam said lack of immediate government action and a coordinated global response by the international community could make things worse for countries like Pakistan. (dpa/NAN)