NAIROBI, 20 May 2009 (IRIN) - Several
large African cities are at risk from rising sea levels and intense storms,
Poor neighbourhoods and slums in Bugama
and Okrika in Nigeria, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Bathurst in the Gambia
and Tanga in Tanzania, are especially vulnerable.
In such low-income urban centres, infrastructure
is often non-existent or ill-maintained, according to a World Bank report,
Sea level Rise and Storm Surges, while storm-water drainage infrastructure
is often outdated and inadequate.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel