17% of coastal population to become refugees by 2050

Abu Sufian

By 2050, at least 17% of people living in the country’s coastal areas will be displaced due to the rising sea level triggered by climate change.

At the same time, 40% of the land will become barren.

Experts shared these insights, quoting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), at an advocacy workshop aimed at capacity building for climate refugees in Satkhira.

Educo Bangladesh and Uttaran, a social development organization, organized the workshop with support from the European Union and the United Nations Office for Project Services (Unops) in Satkhira on Wednesday.

Advocate Muniruddin, an official of Uttaran, delivered the welcome speech while Project Officer Mostafizur Rahman conducted a presentation.

In his welcome speech, Advocate Muniruddin said: “Climate refugees are forced to come to the city and take shelter in slums.

Their children are dropping out of school. Their health risks are increasing, and they are suffering from malnutrition.

The problem of sanitation in the slums is becoming evident. Education, health, sanitation, and alternative livelihood initiatives have been taken in five slums of Satkhira city to improve the quality of life of climate refugees.”

Senior journalist Abul Kalam Azad presided over the discussion, and Editor of the Dokkhiner Moshal Ishek Elahi also spoke.

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