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It is known as India’s Sun City for its brilliant year-long weather conditions – and its palaces, forts and temples leave British tourists stunned every year. Yet scientists warn that Jodhpur, the walled city in Rajasthan, is on the verge of being destroyed by a tide of floodwater.In a development which might be viewed as surprising in a city surrounded by desert, leaks at the bottom of reservoirs adjoining the city have caused water to seep underground – creating an escalating crisis. As surplus water has gradually risen under the city and leaked into people’s basements, residents have been pumping water and many have been forced to evacuate their homes. Pumps to drain out the waters have now been installed in almost all the city’s homes and commercial centres. But scientists are warning that government inaction has turned what was once a nuisance into a full blown crisis. In the past few months – as the waters have gone up to just one metre beneath ground level in some areas – the city’s High Court and main market have been evacuated after their basements were flooded. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5494014.ece

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