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Asia's mega-deltas in frontline from flood risk

Asia's massive delta cities have most to fear from catastrophic storm floods driven by climate change, according to an OECD report.

Of 136 port cities assessed around the world for their exposure to once-in-a-century coastal flooding, 38 percent are in Asia and27 percent are located in deltas, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said.

Publication of the report coincided with an 11-day UN conference in Bali, Indonesia, aimed at shaping a long-term response to the climate peril.

Today, around 40 million people around the world are exposed to coastal flooding in large port cities, according to the report.

The top 10 cities most at risk, in terms of exposed population, are Mumbai, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Miami, Ho Chi Minh City, Kolkata, Greater New York, Osaka-Kobe, Alexandria and New Orleans.
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