[extropy-chat] global warming eats island
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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.
Theres nothing any more where our island once
was. Its just a huge stretch of sea where
vessels ply, says Shamilas 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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