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"No one has ever told my people what awaits them in 50 years or a century," Feroze said on Friday, hours before a U.N. climate panel released a report issuing the strongest warning yet that human activities are heating the planet.
"But I have seen the island gradually reduced to a size of 8 sq-km (3 sq miles) now from 12 sq-km 20 years ago," he told Reuters from Saint Martin's in the Bay of Bengal off the country's southernmost tip of Teknaf.
"The corals are being eroded, land being squeezed. This is what we see ... and wonder why the Bay that gives us fish and a secure living is becoming cruel," Feroze, 55, said.
"Recently, various sea species including turtles and dolphins are dying along our shores. But we don't know why."
The population of
Millions of people live along the largely flat delta bound by the
Bay of Bengalto the south. As sea levels rise and storms increase in number and severity, vast areas of land will be swallowed by the sea, experts say.
"Millions of Bangladeshis will lose their land and homes, adding to the South Asian country's plight of poverty and overcrowding," said
Ainun Nishat, Bangladeshcountry representative of the World Conservation Union.
More than 11 percent of
's land area would be lost if sea levels rose by 1 metre over the next 50 or 100 years, he said. Bangladesh
"The Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, will also be affected in case of sea level rise, sending in more saline water," he told Reuters.
government has prepared a national plan of action to face the impact of climate change but it has yet to receive any global financial support," Chowdhury added. Bangladesh