Sinking Sundarbans - Climate voices
At the mouth of the Ganges River lies the Sundarbans - 20,000
square kilometres of Unesco protected Mangrove forest stretching
between India and Bangladesh. It is home to 500 endangered Bengali
tigers, countless crocodiles and around 4.3 million people.
A combination of subsidence and sea level rise means these
fragile islands are disappearing quickly. In last 20 years four
islands have been submerged leaving 6,000 families displaced. It is
estimated that 30,000 people will lose their homes by 2020 as 15
percent of the Sundarbans habitable land will be gone.
In addition, more intense tropical storms, with storm surges and
hightides are making the problems worse for the people of the
Sundarbans. This is their story.
Photographs by Peter Caton. Interviews Cristiane Aoki.
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