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September 18, 2007
"Each new moon, families in Kanhapur, a coastal Orissa village start packing up. Over the years, the sea has come dangerously close to the villages, swallowing half the houses, forcing people to migrate to higher ground.
Though exact scientific studies are yet to be undertaken, these could well be one of the world’s few ’climate refugees’. They could be paying the price for somebody else spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Land records show the march of the sea: In 1930, the Satabhaya cluster of seven villages had an area of 320 sq.km; in 2000, it is shown as just 155 sq.km.
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