Sinking South Korea - how critical is the situation?
By Ko Dong-hwan
Marine City, a residential community of skyscrapers in Busan's coastal district of Haeundae, towers close to South Korea's southeastern shoreline. The architectural grandeur has been consistently laid bare to destructive threats from angry seas with typhoon-driven waves crashing over seawalls, flooding, broken windows and fallen trees.
Weather events triggering such large-scale damage grew more frequent over the past decade. And it was not the typhoons alone that are believed to be the main culprits ― experts point to rising sea levels as another key element.
"We are putting the city's danger zones on maps to better anticipate flooding and other natural disasters," Seo told The Korea Times. "In 2022, a command center managing the city flooding and more reservoirs for rain will be introduced. A coastal disaster prevention forest will also be planted near Myeongji Noksan National Industrial Complex flanking the city's coast in the Gangseo District."
The Jeju government has reserved 90 billion won to counter climate change, including boosting defenses for regions prone to natural disasters. Developing technologies to strengthen crops against frequent flooding, extreme heat and cold, and drought has been allocated 800 million won under five projects.