Sinking PH areas: ‘Slow onset disaster’

MANILA, Philippines --- When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan in Bulakan town, Bulacan province, more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim. The main culprit is catastrophic subsidence caused by groundwater being pumped out from below, often via unregulated wells for homes, factories and farms catering to a booming population and growing economy. The steady sinking of coastal towns and islets like Pariahan in Bulakan, a coastal town, has caused Manila Bay's brackish water to pour inland and displace thousands, posing a greater threat than rising sea levels due to climate change. "It was so beautiful here before....Keep on reading: Sinking PH areas: ‘Slow onset disaster’

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