Port in a storm: the trailblazing town welcoming climate refugees in Bangladesh


, 24/01/2022, 6:01 am

The river town of Mongla is leading the way in a project to resettle people in a region decimated by extreme weather

By the time the rising sun breaks through the morning mist over the Mongla River, the rhythmic chug of motors strapped to wooden canoes is already audible as thousands of workers are hurriedly ferried across the waterway.

They jump on to the small landing dock, pick up a potato-stuffed shingara pastry for pennies and rush towards the factories in Mongla’s export processing zone (EPZ), which has transformed the small town into an employment hub in a part of Bangladesh ravaged by the climate crisis.

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