In the last year or so, climate change and consequent sea level rise on the Sundarbans has resulted in the disappearance of New Moore or Purbasha Island. It is a tiny uninhabited island in the Bay of Bengal. The island is known as South Talpatti in Bangladesh.
Both India and Bangladesh claimed it was theirs after an American satellite discovered the island in 1974. After studying satellite images recently we could confirm that New Moore Island has been washed away and rising sea level seems to be the predominant cause.
What was a bilateral dispute has now disappeared! We never wanted global warming to settle it by drowning an island but the fact remains that it got drowned, said one official.
The sea has claimed 210 square kilometer land in the natural world heritage site spread over 10,000 square kilometers of Sundarbans. The sea level has been rising at the rate of over 6 mm a year in some areas as against 3 mm before 2000.