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Fleeing Nature 3
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
13 Apr 2015

Mohammad Razzaque Miah sleeps inside his temporary tent in Mymensing. He migrated from Kurigram to Mymensing after losing his house in a flood.

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Fleeing Nature: Bangladesh's Climate ...
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
31 Mar 2015

Sept-Oct, 2014

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country of rivers and waterways on which large swaths of its population live. River bank erosion and flooding are common and continuous process due to global warming and rising sea levels. This continuous natural hazard is destroying homes and livelihoods and turning millions of Bangladeshis into homeless climate refugees.

The factors controlling river and stream formation are complex and interrelated. These factors include the amount and rate of water supply from rain and upstream activity, sediment deposited into the stream systems, catchment geology, and the type and extent of vegetation in the catchment. As these factors change over time, river systems respond by altering their shape and course. Unpredictable weather patterns also make flooding a common problem as the course of the rivers shift.

As a result of riverbank erosion and flooding, millions of people are losing their homes and fertile land every year. Most people who lose their homes or land become climate refugees, often pouring into the country’s overpopulated cities penniless and looking for new opportunities.  However, due to overpopulation, migrating climate refugees often arrive in the cities only to find themselves scrounging for food, work and accommodation. Thus, Bangladesh’s most vulnerable citizens are losing their battle against nature and are only made poorer and more desperate.  

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Fleeing Nature 1
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
19 Nov 2014

A homeless climate refugee sleeps in a park at Dhaka. The Bangladeshi capital is one of the most densely populated cities on earth. One of the major contributing factors to this swell in population is the mass migration of people from the impoverished countryside into the city. Many of those leaving the countryside fled after losing homes, crops, and livelihoods to natural catastrophes.

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Fleeing Nature 6
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Mohammad Rashid Miah cut down all of the trees around his house on Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. Having already lost his house to the river, Mr. Miah is salvaging his trees in order to sell them and save enough money to move to Dhaka.

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Fleeing Nature 8
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Rubel stands in front of his uprooted coconut trees on Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. After loosing his cow to river bank erosion, these coconut trees were his last source of livelihood. However, these trees have now also fallen victim to the river.

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Fleeing Nature 12
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Rabeya Khatun mourns her lost husband and son on Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. Her husband and son lost their lives when their house was swallowed by the river as they slept. Rabeya was at her mother's house when the incident occurred and thus survived.

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Fleeing Nature 13
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Mohammad Ikram stands in front of the Meghna river, near Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. He has seen his neighbors migrating and even dying because of water related disasters. Despite strong signals that it is best to leave the area, he does not know what to do because his land is all he has.

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Fleeing Nature 2
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
03 Oct 2014

Sadarghat Launch Terminal, situated on the bank of the river Buriganga in Dhaka, is one of the busiest places in Bangladesh. Most people migrating from the countryside pass through this port to migrate to Dhaka. Many of those migrating are climate refugees.

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Fleeing Nature 4
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Mohammad Shahjahan transports tin sheets and other materials from his house. Some families actually migrate before disaster strikes so they do not lose all of their belongings in an impending disaster. Mohammad deconstructed his entire house and moved it elsewhere before it was destroyed by the water.

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Fleeing Nature 5
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Mohammad Mamun stands over his submerged house in the Padma River in Dohar, Dhaka. Mr. Mamun's house was swallowed by the Padma after river bank erosion resulted in a land implosion.

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Fleeing Nature 7
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Mohammad Romjal Ali takes a selfie with his destroyed house. Mr. Ali's house was destroyed by the eroding river bank. Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Fleeing Nature 9
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Rabeya Begum stands over the roof of her house which she salvaged after it was destroyed by river bank erosion. She is going to use the salvaged materials to build her new home. Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Fleeing Nature 10
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Khadija Akhter was only able to save this cabinet and some bricks from her house after river bank erosion resulted in her house being destroyed and submerged. Dohar, Dhaka.

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Fleeing Nature 11
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
04 Sep 2014

Mohammad Hashmot Ali's house sits tilted and half submerged in the Padma river after the bank on which his house was built gave way. Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Relief Operations in Laguna
Laguna, Philippines
By Serene Yordi
21 Aug 2013

Office of Vice President Jejomar Binay together with the volunteers from Project Michelangelo Foundation distributed packed meals to victims of flooding in Binan and San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines on August 21, 2012.

Because of Typhoon Trami and southwest monsoons, there are a lot of families living in evacuation centers.

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Relief operations in Laguna (2 of 9)
Binan, Laguna
By Sherbien Dacalanio
21 Aug 2013

Veronica Lon, Philippine missions coordinator of Project Michelangelo Foundation distributes packed lunch to evacuees.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (7 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A makeshift bridge is built to help people pass thru the flooded street in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (8 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A woman picking up floating garbage in the flood waters that devastated Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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Typhoon Floods Manila
Manila, Philippines
By Transterra Editor
20 Aug 2013

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Trami intensified further and picked up with maximum speed of 95 kph near the center and gustiness at 120 kph and it continues to heighten the effects of southwest monsoon that may last until Thursday.

Based on the PAGASA’s three-day rainfall data, the storm-enhanced southwest monsoon has dumped about 300 millimeters (mm) of rains.

Streets in low areas in Metro Manila are flooded. Financial offices, restaurants, schools and government offices are closed due to flooding.

There are 7 people dead as of this writing due to this disaster.

People living near Marikina River are required for force evacuation due to the river was on alert level 4 due to continuous raining.

Residents near La Mesa dam and Tulyahan River in Quezon City are required to evacuate due to the rising level of waters.

SCTEX Bridge along Pasig, Potrero collapse due to the raging waters.

As of 4:55 p.m, local governments of the following areas affected by floods amid enhanced monsoon rains have declared state of calamity:

METRO MANILA
-Muntinlupa -Pateros -Paranaque

PROVINCES
-Rizal: Taytay, San Mateo -Bataan -Pampanga (entire province) -Cavite (entire province) -Ilocos Sur: Narvacan -Laguna: Biñan, Cabuyao, San Pedro, Calamba, Sta Rosa, Bae, Sta Maria and Los Baños

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A cat trapped in the flood waters climbs a tree to save itself from the raging waters.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (4 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A woman picking up floating garbage in the flood waters that devastated Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (3 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

Men picking up floating garbage in the flood waters that devastated Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

People who are trapped at the flooding in Espana Blvd. walks at the middle of the street which is elevated to avoid the deep waters.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (2 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A convenience store in Morayta, manila is opened despite of flooding and waters had penetrated it's store.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

Heavy and non-stop rains brought by Typhoon Trami and southwest monsoon caused flooding in the Luzon island of the Philippines.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (5 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

A horse calesh traversing the flooded Espana Blvd. cor Lacson St. in Manila.

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Flooding due to Typhoon Trami (1 of 8)
Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
20 Aug 2013

Almost two kilometers stretch of flood in Espana Blvd. in Manila.

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After the Spring in Yemen (10 of 28)
Sanaa, Yemen
By dustweare
31 Jul 2013

Flooded street in Old Sanaa during Ramadan, the rainy season. This photo was taken right before "Magreb", the prayer call to break the fast.

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Flash Floods in China
Kunming, Yunnan, China
By Serene Yordi
19 Jul 2013

Recent torrential rains and flash flooding in Kunming have caused over 84 million Yuan ($13.6 million) in damage to the city, with one person missing, according to initial reports from the Yunnan Provincial Department of Civil Affairs. The flood affected over 77,000 Kunming residents, while testing the city’s drainage system and its infrastructure. The north and east of the city appeared to be two of the worst impacted areas which faced major traffic standstills after the flooding. This year, the Yunnan province has experienced historically high rainfall levels, causing dozens of fatalities and millions of dollars in damage.

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Flash Floods in China (5 of 15)
Kunming, Yunnan, China
By HughBohane
19 Jul 2013

A man assesses the damage inside his flooded apartment complex.

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Flash Floods in China (3 of 15)
Kunming, Yunnan, China
By HughBohane
19 Jul 2013

Shopkeepers try to save some of their inventory amidst rising waters.

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Flash Floods in China (11 of 15)
Kunming, Yunnan, China
By HughBohane
19 Jul 2013

A view up Beijing Road, where the under-construction subway was completely submerged.

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Flash Floods in China (9 of 15)
Kunming, Yunnan, China
By HughBohane
19 Jul 2013

Two businessmen make their way through the flood waters.

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Flash Floods in China (14 of 15)
Kunming, Yunnan, China
By HughBohane
19 Jul 2013

A young woman is driven away in the back of a tricycle.