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West Bengal: No home for Ghoramara island’s climate refugees by Nikita D December 06,2021   |  Source: https://twocircles.net/2021dec03/444291.html

The migration, poor living conditions, and relentless washing off of houses have made climate refugees out of the islanders of Ghoramara in Sunderbans delta of Bay of Bengal. While the issue has received international traction, no serious program has been put in place for them. Without proper rehabilitation and improved living conditions, the future of the coastal community looks bleak.

A lot has been written about the Ghoramara island located in the South 24 Parganas of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal – however, the lives of its residents hasn’t changed for better. The island, located in the Sunderbans delta where the saltwater of the Bay of Bengal combines with freshwater from three Indian rivers – Ganga, Brahmaputra, and Meghna, is known to be an early example of the consequences of climate change. Located just 30 kilometres north of the Bay of Bengal, the rising sea levels have caused erosion of land, thereby shrinking the size of the island year after year. The island has shrunk to less than half its size and is currently less than 5 square kilometres large. This is because the sea level rose from 2.26mm every year from 2002 to 12mm in 2014 and again 2.9mm in 2019, as opposed to the national average of 1.7mm increase in a year.

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