Island Sinks in Rising Waters

KOLKATA, India, March 24 (UPI) — Scientists in India said a Bay of Bengal island claimed by both India and Bangladesh has been completely submerged by rising waters.

The School of Oceanographic Studies at Kolkata’s Jadavpur University said the island, known in India as New Moore Island and in Bangladesh as South Talpatti Island, appears completely underwater on recent satellite images, and scientists said other islands could soon follow, the BBC reported Wednesday.


“What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming,” the school’s Professor Sugata Hazra said of the ownership dispute.

He said the island, which never hosted a permanent settlement and previously reached only 6 feet above sea level, could be only the first of many in the region to disappear. Hazra said his research indicates the speed of the rising water has increased during the past decade.

“We will have ever larger numbers of people displaced from the Sunderbans as more island areas come under water,” Hazra said.

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One Response to “Island Sinks in Rising Waters”
  1. Lee says:

    So, tell me if the water has risen in the Bay of Bengal sufficiently enough to cause an island rising up to 6 feet above sea level to disappear, how come there isn’t reports of massive flooding all along the shore? It would seem to me there is more at work then just rising sea levels.

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