A chapel is seen amid encroaching bay waters in Sitio Pariahan, Bulacan, Philippines. Photo: AFP

Philippine coastal towns face disaster as ground sinks while sea levels rise

  • Catastrophic subsidence caused by groundwater being pumped out from unregulated wells is causing many towns in the northern Philippines to sink
  • Residents tell how they used to be able to walk around but now have to go by boat, after brackish water gradually flowed into their town
Topic |   The Philippines

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A chapel is seen amid encroaching bay waters in Sitio Pariahan, Bulacan, Philippines. Photo: AFP
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