Drowned Indian Island Was Occupied

It would appear that my earlier blog about the missing islands in the Bay of Bengal was wrong on one count when I wrote:

Fortunately the two Indian islands that have disappeared in the Bay of Bengal do not appear to have been inhabited

as the UK’s Independent Newspaper is reporting that:

The disappearance of Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people, is unprecedented.

The article is a bit strong on the hyperbole though, saying:

Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India’s part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.

Factually correct, but sadly I’m not convinced that it’s one of the most apocalyptic predictions..