TRENDING Villagers fear for survival on India's disappearing island


Villagers fear for survival on India's disappearing island


11:28, November 30, 2018

The tiny Indian island of Ghora Mara is disappearing.


Video source: VCG

It's on the front lines of climate change.

Scientists say that's what's causing the sea level around it to rise and soil to erode.

Village elders say the island has lost nearly half its size in only two decades.

Reva Sett has lost her home three times to surging sea levels in the last ten years.

One house stood next to these rice paddy fields — there's nothing left.

Sutti hasn't heard of terms like global warming.

But she knows that each time her home washes away, she's got to move a little further inland, and a little bit more of the ground beneath her feet disappears.

On Tuesday, a UN climate change report warned that the world's 20 biggest economies are not on track to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

They say the effects of that failure will hit the world's poorest especially hard.

Ghoramara's residents say they want to leave, but many say they can't afford to.

Village leaders say there's been no government response to their requests for financial help to move people off the island.

Meanwhile, waters rise, floods ruin valuable crops and home is shrinking. 

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