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Project September 27, 2016

Land Under Water: Living With the Effects of Climate Change in Bangladesh


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Khulna District -- Women wait in line in the rain to collect 20kgs of rice being given out by the government as part of a VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) program ahead of Eid-ul-fitr in a southwestern village of the country. Image by Nikita Sampath. Bangladesh, 2016.

Low lying and fed by three major rivers, Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable nations on the planet.

Swelling rivers and frequent cyclones are changing the lands and lives of Bangladeshis and they're coping in different ways. Shrimp farms have taken the place of more traditional farms. Larger boats and barges called floating hospitals bring healthcare to the poor living in the chars—erosion-prone low lying islands formed by silt.

Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world—its climate vulnerability adds to the competition for available resources. Boston University College of Communication student fellow Nikita Sampath reports on the challenges the Bangladeshi now face.


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Environment and Climate Change

Environment and Climate Change