Climate change is slowly shifting the world in a dangerous way. Many places are still waiting to see the effects of climate change on their area. Since they do not see major developments happening immediately, they do not feel the threat of it. Unfortunately, climate change is already causing disasters around the world and many of its affect can be seen in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a small country to the east of India. It has the highest density population within countries with over ten million people. The country itself is a little bigger than New York State. For visualization, New York City has eight and a half million people living in it while the population of Bangladesh is 163 million. Imagine living in New York with almost twenty times more people. In Bangladesh there are 3 distinct seasons yearround consisting of summer, monsoon, and winter. From March to June, summer is hot and humid while the monsoon season in June to October is cool and rainy. Lastly winter is from October to March, being cool and dry.
Throughout the seasons, Bangladesh is affected by a multitude of different disasters. The country has some of the fastest recorded sea level rises ever, it gets more frequent storms, and stronger cyclones every year. “Climate change in Bangladesh has stated what may become the largest mass migration in human history.” Recently riverbank erosion annually displaces d 50,000-200,000 people. It is projected that by 2100, there may be a 5 to 6 feet rise in sea level to displace 510 million people. The cyclones can push water up 50 to 60 miles inland. On May 2016, cyclone Roanu hit the Bay of Bengal which is located south of Chittagong. Roanu washed away homes and destroyed croplands. A three story concrete building was needed to be raised on stilts to serve as cyclone shelter. Many of the homelands that were hit turned into a beach area. Every four/five years a flood occurs which covers 60% of the country. Sandwui Island, which is near Chittagong, lost 90% of its original 23 square mile land over last 20 years.