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Bangladesh villagers alter life to survive climate change

Farmers have adopted saline-tolerant crops or become fisherman as the climate becomes increasingly hostile

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Bangladesh villagers alter life to survive climate change

Bosonto Kumar, a 37-year-old from Durgahati village in Satkhira district in southern Bangladesh, stands at his gourd garden in this file photo. Bosonto has now switched over to fish farming due to climate change impacts. (Photo Supplied)

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Durgahati village stands in the middle of endless rows of shrimp and fish farms near the lush, green Sundarbans mangrove forest in the southern coastal Satkhira district of Bangladesh.

The village, washed afoot everyday by the tides of the Chuna River, which disperses in the Bay of Bengal, turns into an island in the high tide.

About 15 years ago, Durgahati was a village of farmers who grew rice on their agricultural land. Over the past few years, it has turned into an abode of fishermen as the villagers changed their livelihood due increasing salinity of their fields, the result of the drastic impact of climate change fueling rising sea levels and inundating more areas during high tide.

“We relied on rice cultivation for our livelihood, but we had to stop as the brackish water destroyed the soil’s fertility. We had to turn our agricultural land into shrimp and fish farms to survive,” Bosonto Kumar, a Hindu father of two, told UCA News.

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