Photo: A boy collects shellfish while crawling through mud that was once the ancient costal village Khun Samutjeen in Thailand's Samut Prakan province, May 1, 2007. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
BANGKOK, Thailand (Reuters) - Thailand's capital, Bangkok, will be under water in 20 years because of rising seas from global warming and subsidence, says a top Thai climate expert who warned of a tsunami years before the 2004 disaster.
"If nothing is done, Bangkok will be at least 50 centimeters to one meter under water," Smith Dharmasaroja, head of Thailand's National Disaster Warning Centre, said in an interview.
Bangkok, a sprawling city of more than 10 million people and criss-crossed by more than 1,000 canals, is between 1 and 1.5 meters (3 to 5 feet) above sea level and is sinking into its soft, loamy soil at an alarming rate, he said this week.