Global warming blamed for floods; UN says 17% of global population will have to move over next 10 years

(LaPresse) Bangladesh is struggling with massive floods after days of monsoon rains that have caused a dozen deaths and thousands of injuries. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina flew over the areas affected by the floods. In Sylhet, in the north-east of the country, along the Surma River, villages have been submerged and many inhabitants have left their homes to reach higher ground nearby. According to scientists, the floods in Bangladesh have been aggravated by climate change. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has estimated that around 17% of the world’s population will have to be relocated over the next decade if global warming persists at its current rate. Monsoon rains in South Asia usually begin in June but hit northeastern India and Bangladesh in March this year, causing floods as early as April in Bangladesh.

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