African megacity disappearing as ocean rises above sand dunes

The dunes of Lagos Island are slowly disappearing as the ocean rises, leaving behind empty sand that is quickly being swallowed up by the waves. The outflow of the Atlantic Ocean is slowly raising…

African megacity disappearing as ocean rises above sand dunes

The dunes of Lagos Island are slowly disappearing as the ocean rises, leaving behind empty sand that is quickly being swallowed up by the waves.

The outflow of the Atlantic Ocean is slowly raising tides, affecting beachfront properties, schools and office buildings along the African megacity, one of the world’s top tourist destinations. “As we fast approach the high tide, the ocean is lapping on the beach front houses and is now nearing these. The ocean continues to rise in the day and retreats at night,” Fred Anire, a Lagos-based photographer and member of the Nigeria Environmental Society (NEST), told Fox News.

As the salt-water sinks back into the ocean, he said, he is now able to see clearly how the coastline has changed over the last eight years.

“Before, the water had not entered into this house. Now it has. There is sand that has gone and there is nothing you can do,” said Anire, adding that backyards along the coast of the former tropical resort have been badly affected.

High tides, combined with rises in sea levels, usually put coastal properties and homes at risk.

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