Rising sea levels threaten lives in Bangladesh

2 July 2021
2021-07-02 11:44

Villagers living in Kalabogi, on Bangladesh's south coast, have spoken of their devastation at losing their homes and incomes due to rising sea levels.

Rising sea levels in the Bay of Bengal mean that tidal river levels are going up. This has accelerated river erosion and Kalabogi has been badly affected. The area has always been vulnerable to cyclones, but rising sea levels are making the effects all the more overwhelming. Most people who live by the river in Kalabogi reside in shack-like houses made from the local golpatta palm leaf, supported on six-feet  long bamboo stilts. With more of the land at risk of vanishing at any moment, Bangladesh is calling on the world to take swift action to tackle climate change

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