Battle against rising tides

Shanghai: Sponge cities, walls to manage water levels

The Huangpu River in Shanghai. A deep-water drainage system that upgrades its flood defences will be completed next year.
The Huangpu River in Shanghai. A deep-water drainage system that upgrades its flood defences will be completed next year. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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The fight against rising waters is an existential one for China's economic heart of Shanghai.

The megacity's location on the Yangtze River Delta - straddling the Yellow and the East China seas - is what propelled it to become the world's busiest container port and a global financial hub.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2019, with the headline Shanghai: Sponge cities, walls to manage water levels. Subscribe