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CLIMATE-CHANGE/INDIA-ISLANDS
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November 29, 2018
Residents of India's Ghoramara Island want to leave their home as it shrinks every year due to rising...
Ghoramara Island, India
The Wider Image: Villagers fear for survival on India's disappearing island
Residents of India's Ghoramara Island want to leave their home as it shrinks every year due to rising seas, but many say they can't afford it. The 4.6 sq km (1.8 sq mile) island, part of the Sundarbans delta on the Bay of Bengal, has nearly halved in size over the past two decades, according to village elders. The tiny island is home to 4,800 people, down from 7,000 a decade ago. "If a tsunami or a big cyclone hits this island we will be finished," said Sanjib Sagar, village leader on the island 150 km (93 miles) south of the Indian city of Kolkata. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri SEARCH "CHOWDHURI COASTLINE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: CLIMATE-CHANGE/INDIA-ISLANDS
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