[extropy-chat] global warming eats island

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Mon Dec 25 01:01:30 UTC 2006


Rising sea levels are playing havoc across the 
Sundarbans ­ two islands have already been 
submerged. More islands are facing the same fate, reports Subhra Priyadarshini

They saw the shore pushing in closer every day. 
Yet, Shamila and her mother never thought the sea 
would completely devour their tiny island of 
Lohachara in the Sundarbans. And then one day, it 
did. The family of four was forced to pack its 
modest belongings and head for Sagar, the largest 
island in west Sundarbans. In the late 1990s, more such families followed suit.

“There’s nothing any more where our island once 
was. It’s just a huge stretch of sea where 
vessels ply,” says Shamila’s father Seikh 
Abdullah, among the first batch of envirogees 
(environment refugees) who have now settled in 
Sagar. Nearly 7,000 of his former island mates are his neighbours again.

The seas are rising across the Sundarbans, the 
100-island conglomerate in the Ganges estuarine 
delta in the Bay of Bengal. One more island in 
the vicinity ­ Suparibhanga (also called Bedford) 
­ has sunk. It had no recorded human population, though.

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