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Cities get a sinking feeling, report says

By Wang Qian ( China Daily ) Updated: 2012-04-20 08:02:05

A diminishing water table, combined with a growing number of skyscrapers, is causing large areas of China to sink, increasing flood risk and endangering the rail network, according to a survey released recently by the China Geological Survey.

The government has already launched a number of measures to combat the problem and a plan of action was approved by the State Council in February.

Research shows the most vulnerable spots are in the North China Plain, the Yangtze River Delta and the Fenwei Basin, covering a combined total area of 79,000 square kilometers - more than 100 times the size of Singapore.

Cities get a sinking feeling, report says

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