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Evanescing Lands, Whisking Water

Arka Dutta | West Bengal, India

Akhter stands near his lost home, which he had to abandon a ween before. Few weeks later he left the island to work in Kerala in South India. There too, he had to leave due to heavy flooding in recent times during the monsoon of 2018.

The earth is getting hotter - the ice is melting and water is expanding. The sea level is rising. Water is increasing its territory – vulnerable lands are getting submerged, levees are getting eroded, habitats are disappearing, settlers are becoming refugees. This is happening everywhere, this is happening near my home. It is not long before this will affect me, it is not long before this will affect all.
100 km south of the city of Kolkata, India, the Mousuni Island at gangetic delta stands quite vulnerable. It is disappearing, eroding with each passing tide. The immediate effect of sea level rise is tidal flooding and the banks of the island are getting wasted by these tidal floods – the magnitude of which is increasing with time. Homes have disappeared, lands are getting overwhelmed by the encroaching mass of water at a steady rate and people are staring at a bleak future where the probability of them becoming climate refugees looms large. The scenes at the island stand testament to the growing threat of global warming.

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