‘We faced so many cyclones’: how people in Bangladesh are rebuilding after climate catastrophe

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, 12/12/2021, 8:15 am

This year’s Guardian and Observer campaign supports charities fighting global climate injustice. Here, we look at Practical Action, which helps small farms in Bangladesh

The cyclones that repeatedly hit his village deep in Bangladesh’s south did not just bring waist-high water that washed everything away, they forced Shayma Kanta Mistri to make a choice about his future.

The salt waters that had surged in from the nearby Bay of Bengal ruined his paddy fields, which were already providing only a tenuous living that had to be supplemented by seasonal labouring for other farmers. Mistri needed to adapt or leave.

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