Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Rising Seas Claim First Inhabited Island

The Independent reports that the island of Lohachara, off the Bay of Bengal, has disappeared from satellite images. This is the first recorded instance of an inhabited island disappearing beneath the waves.

Refugees from the vanished Lohachara island and the disappearing Ghoramara island have fled to Sagar, but this island has already lost 7,500 acres of land to the sea. In all, a dozen islands, home to 70,000 people, are in danger of being submerged by the rising seas.