New Moore Island, Bay of Bengal:The fate of an island in the Bay of Bengal may be a preview of what is to come for other low-lying islands around the world. Recent satellite images show that it has sunk beneath the sea. The island is believed to have emerged from the sea in 1970 following the storm surge of the Bhola Cyclone, which left some 300,000-500,000 people dead.
According to Chris Morris of the BBC, the tiny landmass, known to Indians as New Moore Island and to Bangladeshi’s as South Talpatti Island, “was never more than two metres (about six feet) above sea level”. It had never been permanently settled and was uninhabited, partly due to dispute over ownership between India and Bangladesh.
Professor Sugata Hazra of the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University in Calcutta gave his view:
What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming.