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Climate Change Photography Contest 2007

Overwhelmed

Special Mention: Somenath Mukhopadhyay – Overwhelmed: Four islands in the Sundarbans Delta are already permanently submerged. The School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata suggests that 70,000 people will be rendered homeless by 2050. In Sanctuary’s view, the number could be many times higher because rising seas would drown places such as Gobardhanpur in Pathar Pratima block seen here. Winds and tides will render the 24 Parganas unliveable because sweet water sources will be salinised. Millions of environmental refugees will, therefore, be forced to migrate to large centres such as Kolkata, where social unrest and economic collapse might be a very likely consequence.

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