FJA Shortlist 2021

Category: Excellence in Environmental Journalism

Author: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury, Irwin Loy (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh’s Hidden Climate Costs

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The New Humanitarian, Switzerland - December 9th, 2020

‘We are not able to build our houses again.’

Coastal Bangladesh was lashed by a punishing storm this year, then submerged by monsoon floods. The damages linger long after.

Cyclone Amphan tore across Bangladesh’s southwestern coast in May, and severe floods inundated a quarter of the country weeks later.

Photographer Zakir Hossain Chowdhury’s images show how the damage endures. Battered communities in parts of Khulna district, a strip of coastal wetlands, are still living in temporary homes on embankments, or in emergency storm shelters meant to house people for days – not weeks or months.

Amphan smashed open kilometres of embankments protecting sub-districts like Koyra and Assasuni. The barriers, which keep tidal waters at bay, haven’t been repaired, leaving communities exposed to daily floods that rush in with each high tide.

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