'Boats pass over where our land was': climate refugees in Bangladesh | John Vidal

'Boats pass over where our land was': climate refugees in Bangladesh | John Vidal

When monsoon rains swept Bangladesh last autumn, flooding forced people from their homes in droves. With some scientists estimating that shifting weather patterns could cost the country almost a quarter of its existing landmass, climate migration is fast becoming alarmingly commonplace

Last September, the Bangladeshi government responded to weeks of torrential rain with a slew of statistics. They said 8 million people in 32 districts had been affected by floods, with 307,000 people staying in emergency shelters and 1,945 medical teams deployed. In addition, 103,855 houses had been destroyed, with a further 633,792 partially damaged, and 4,636 schools – and several hundred thousand acres of farm land – had been flooded.

This is everyday climate change at work … a slow-onset shift destroying lives and livelihoods before our eyes

One night the water came in … It was so high it almost reached the ceiling. Our house and all our land was washed away

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