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Stunning photos: Rise of the megacities

Last updated on: November 1, 2011 14:42 IST
Vehicles drive on flyovers during the evening rush hour in central Shanghai.

Rapidly growing megacities in Africa and Asia face the highest risks from rising sea levels, floods and climate change, says a global survey by Maplecroft.

A megacity is a metropolitan area with a total population of over 10 million people.

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Rio de Janeiro.

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.


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Buenos Aires city.

Overview of the Buenos Aires city and its docks in the background during a heavy rainstorm.


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China World Trade Center Tower.

The China World Trade Center Tower III (C), the tallest building in Beijing.


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Tokyo's skyscrapers.

Tokyo's skyscrapers are seen from a viewing deck of Tokyo Tower.

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Buenos Aires.

Overview of Buenos Aires' 9 de Julio Avenue with the Obelisk in the background.

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Jakarta.

An aerial view of Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta.


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A high-rise building in Mumbai.

A high-rise building is lit up during construction in Mumbai.


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Botafogo neighborhood.

The Botafogo neighborhood is seen with the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background in Rio de Janeiro.

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Central district of Mumbai.

An aerial view of a central district of Mumbai.

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Apartments in Seoul.

Apartment buildings and houses are seen in Seoul.

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Chinese city of Guangzhou.

A general view of uptown in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

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Kolkata.

Traffic moves during the evening as the Howrah Bridge is lit up in the background in Kolkata.

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Makati City.

A shanty town is seen in front of the skyline of Manila's financial district of Makati City.

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Financial area of Pudong in Shanghai.

The moon is seen over the Oriental Pearl TV tower at the financial area of Pudong in Shanghai.

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Guangzhou.

A general view shows uptown in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

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Downtown Los Angeles.

A view of downtown Los Angeles, California.

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Moscow City business district.

A view of Moscow's Kremlin, Ministry of Foreign affairs and Moscow City business district.

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Buenos Aires.

Overview of Buenos Aires' 9 de Julio Avenue with the Obelisk in the background.

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Downtown Cairo.

A view of the sky line with the Cairo tower (L) and the Nile river is seen in downtown Cairo.

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Sao Paulo.

Rain clouds gather over the city of Sao Paulo.

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Jakarta.

An aerial view of Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta.

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Midtown Manhattan.

A full moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York.

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Rio de Janeiro.

A view of the Rio de Janeiro skyline.

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Makati City Hall.

A general view of the skyline from the Makati City Hall in Manila.

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Sao Paulo.

Storm clouds are seen above the city in Sao Paulo.

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Sao Paulo.

A general view of Sao Paulo, the biggest Latin America city.

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Mt. Fuji, is seen through skyscrapers in Tokyo.

Japan's highest mountain, Mt. Fuji, is seen through skyscrapers in Tokyo.

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Skyline of Manhattan.

A full moon rises over the skyline of Manhattan along the Hudson River in New York.

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Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles downtown skyline is pictured from the Baldwin Hills State Park, California.