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Sea-level Rise event report

Category: Sea-level Rise
Observation: 05.06.2007
Continent: Asia
Country: Bangladesh
State: Chittagong Division
Area: Kutubdia, Bhola, Sandwip Islands
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Severity: Moderate
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Sea levels in Bangladesh's coastal regions have recently risen and 65 percent of the land in some areas has been eroded as the climate changes, but Burma has yet to report on whether or not the sea level is rising there. Bangladesh authorities have reported that the rising sea level in coastal areas had already brought some of the worst potential impacts of coastal inundation, including erosion, saline intrusion, deforestation, loss of bio-diversity and agriculture, and large-scale migration. A Bangladesh newspaper reported that the sea level had risen by half a meter in the last 100 years, eroding 65 percent of the coastal landmass. Many islands in Bangladesh, including Kutubdia, Bhola, and Sandwip have eroded because of the climate changes. A source said the once 1000 square kilometer island, Hatia, is now just a meager 21 square kilometers due to massive erosion. The World Bank also forecast in a recent study a 17 percent land loss, or a 26,562 square kilometer permanent inundation in next 100 years from a one meter rise in sea level in Bangladesh, displacing as many as 20 million people. Bangladesh authorities and civil society stakeholders are now looking for a solution to the problem in cooperation with international forums on better prevention of climate change. Despite the significant problems Bangladesh is facing with the rise in sea levels, Burma has yet to come forward with any information regarding sea levels or ecological changes in its neighboring coastal region.
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