Inhabited Island Vanishes Beneath the Waves; Global Warming Blamed

An inhabited island has been wiped off the face of the Earth due to global warming, Britain's The Independent newspaper reported on Sunday.

Remote Lohachara Island was in the Indian part of the Sundarbans , a vast mangrove delta where the Ganges empties into the Bay of Bengal on the Indian-Bangladeshi border.

Rising sea levels have swallowed the island whole, according to the report. It was once home to 10,000 people.

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Lohachara's disappearance wasn't easy to discover. Satellites monitored it until it finally disappeared.

Two-thirds of a neighboring uninhabited island, Ghoramara, has also been claimed by water.

The disappearance of Lohachara Island comes eight years after uninhabited islands in the Pacific were overtaken. As a result of their going under, the people of low-lying islands in Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, have been evacuated.

Researchers at Calcutta's Jadavpur University studying the phenomenon for six years say there are now about a dozen "vanishing islands" in the region.

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