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Rising seas threaten early end for sinking village in Philippines

Reuters Logo By Canice Leung of Reuters | Slide 1 of 27: Nancy Manalaysay, 54, a church caretaker, cleans a crucifix in a partly submerged church in the coastal village of Sitio Pariahan, Bulakan Bulacan, north of Manila, Philippines. The village, which was once an island and is now without land, is sinking about 1.5 inches every year, owing largely to land subsidence from the population's overuse of groundwater, according to experts. Now rising sea levels caused by global warming could soon make this village unliveable, a problem faced by other countries in Asia, where the poorest communities are hardest hit. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Nancy Manalaysay, 54, a church caretaker, cleans a crucifix in a partly submerged church in the coastal village of Sitio Pariahan, Bulakan Bulacan, north of Manila, Philippines. The village, which was once an island and is now without land, is sinking about 1.5 inches every year, owing largely to land subsidence from the population's overuse of groundwater, according to experts. Now rising sea levels caused by global warming could soon make this village unliveable, a problem faced by other countries in Asia, where the poorest communities are hardest hit. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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