Tokyo flood reservoir

Visitors at the bottom of a huge underground surge tank in Kasukabe, north of Tokyo. Credit Kentaro Takahashi for The New York Times

By Hiroko Tabuchi, 

KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding.

Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the region’s most vulnerable floodplains, the $2 billion underground anti-flood system, completed in 2006, is an extraordinary example of the defenses that global cities are readying as they face an era of extreme weather brought on by climate change.

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Last Updated on 2019-03-09 09:25 by harrr