17 Incredible Places That May Disappear Soon
Abu Mena, Egypt
The historic town is in danger of sinking due to the rising water table. Once known for its monastery complex and as a renowned Christian pilgrimage site, the ruins were added to UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger in 2001.
The alarming rise in the water table was caused due to a World Bank-funded agricultural program in the region. The destruction of water tanks has caused widespread damage to the soil, increasing the risk of collapse of historical structures. As per a 2018 update of the World Heritage list, the site is still in danger.