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Bangladesh's Villages Bear the Brutal Cost of Climate Change

A man rides a boat in Bonnotola in Satkhira, Bangladesh on Oct. 5, 2021. The effects of global warming, particularly increased cyclones, coastal and tidal flooding that bring saltwater further inland, are devastating Bangladesh and destroying the livelihoods of millions, said Mohammad Shamsuddoha, chief executive of the Center for Participatory Research Development, a non-profit. Bonnotola village once had 2,200 adult residents, as per voting records. But breaches in the embankments and intruding salt water have rendered many homeless. Now, the village is home to just 480 people, said 58-year-old Abdus Satter, a fisherman. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
A man rides a boat in Bonnotola in Satkhira, Bangladesh on Oct. 5, 2021. The effects of global warming, particularly increased cyclones, coastal and tidal flooding that bring saltwater further inland, are devastating Bangladesh and destroying the livelihoods of millions, said Mohammad Shamsuddoha, chief executive of the Center for Participatory Research Development, a non-profit. Bonnotola village once had 2,200 adult residents, as per voting records. But breaches in the embankments and intruding salt water have rendered many homeless. Now, the village is home to just 480 people, said 58-year-old Abdus Satter, a fisherman. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
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Shyamnagar, Bangladesh (AP) -- With each tide, Abdus Satter watches the sea erode a little more of his life.

His village of Bonnotola in southwestern Bangladesh, with its muddy roads and tin-roofed houses, was once home to over 2,000 people. Most were farmers like the 58-year-old Satter. Then the rising seas poisoned the soil with salt water. Two cyclones in the last two years destroyed the mud embankments that shielded the village from tidal waves.