It may sound like a science fiction problem of the future, but the reality is that China has an immense problem on it’s hands as 46 cities are currently headed toward being slowly submerged in water.
Why would this happen? Sinking cities are common in China because it is such a dry climate. Because it is so dry there, the government guzzles water from underground aquifers to supply the rapidly growing economy and population.
In fact, Beijing has sunk 14 inches over the past decade! The government is aware of the problem and warns its citizens to be cautious when consuming water because of their limited supply, yet because of recent droughts the problem has only increased.
Shanghai has switched to river water for most things now because the sinking was such a problem and currently descends at only two-fifths of an inch each year. However, the problem still remains throughout China how they are going to continue with an underwater country.