Every year Himalayan rivers carry an estimated one billion tones of silts and deposit them in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Bangladesh, forming islands in the shallow waters. Many of these islands, known as chars in Bangladesh, are already inhabited and experts told AFP they could mitigate the threat posed by global warming. “Every year Bangladesh has new land emerging and new land being devoured by rivers and sea,” said Maminul Haque Sarker, head of the Center for Environment and Geographic Information Services. Local scientists, however, criticized the study for failing to take into account the silt islands, which are highly fertile. “Bangladesh can gain hundreds of square kilometres of new land by trapping silt through cross dams and engineering interventions,” said Khan, director of Institute of Water Modelling in Dhaka.
Source: Dhaka Tribune November 14, 2017 12:00 UTC