The rate of sea level rise in Bangladesh is one of the fastest in the world

Logan D Suza

Many towns are disappearing as the sea level rises.

Abdul Aziz’s house in Patuakhali was destroyed in Cyclone Sidr in 2007. Then he built a new house half a kilometer away from that house. Now he fishes in the area of ​​his former home.

“Where my house used to be, now the fish roam there,” Abdul Aziz told AFP in an interview with the French news agency.

Many towns are disappearing as the sea level rises. Scientists of Bangladesh say that the level of sea level rise is not the same in all parts of the world. They say that the rate at which Bangladesh’s densely populated coastal areas are disappearing due to climate change is one of the fastest in the world. They believe that at least one million people will have to move from the coast within a generation.

Scientists made these comments in a research report published last month. Chief researcher AKM Saiful Islam said, in recent decades, the height of sea water is increasing by 3.7 millimeters worldwide every year. And in our research, we have seen that the water on our coast is increasing by 4.2 to 5.8 millimeters.

Saiful Islam is a professor at BUET and a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Most of the coastal areas of Bangladesh are one or two meters above sea level. Because of that, during storms, sea salt water enters the locality and makes wells and ponds salty. This also damages the fertile land.

Ismail Howlader, a 65-year-old farmer who cultivates pepper, sweet potato, sunflower and rice, said that if the sea water rises more, it will enter our houses and land. It only harms us, he said.

Shahjalal Mia, a 63-year-old restaurant owner, said that the sea is eating up the land every year. He said many have already lost their homes in the sea.

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