The earth is getting hotter - the ice in the in the poles is melting and the sea level is rising. Water is increasing its territory – vulnerable lands are getting submerged, levees are getting eroded, habitats are disappearing, settlers are becoming refugees. This is happening everywhere, this is happening near my home. It is not long before this will affect me, it is not long before this will affect all.

100 km south of the city of Kolkata, India, the Mousuni Island at gangetic delta stands quite vulnerable. It is disappearing, eroding with each passing tide. The immediate effect of sea level rise is tidal flooding and the banks of the island are getting wasted by these tidal floods – the magnitude of which is increasing with time. Homes have disappeared, lands are getting overwhelmed by the encroaching mass of water at a steady rate and people are staring at a bleak future where the probability of them becoming climate refugees looms large.

The islanders are not aware what climate change is, nor they are unaware of the term “sea level rise”, but the scenes of their life and their place is the very testament of it. Many have lost the ground where they grew up, walked everyday, played, spent the most their lives. Being at the delta region, tidal floods brings in saline water and this saline water destroyed the farms. Farmers sold their ploughs and bullocks and had to weave up fishing nets. But later they did not even find a dry place to hang these nets. Some of them migrated to southern India or Middle Eastern Asian countries only to find themselves in the trap of bonded labour. Others tried to re-built their homes only to see the walls crumble a few years later.

One day, not far into the future, there would only be water. Let these photographs remain as the witness to these lost lands.
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