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Environmental Affairs Minister Hasan Mahmud Speaks to VOA


Dr Hasan Mahmud, the Minister for Environments in Bangladesh is accompanying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to UN‘s Climate Conference and the UNGA meeting . In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service, Dr Mahmud talks about the vulnerability of Bangladesh from the point of view of climactic changes. He says that there is a prediction that by 2050 if the sea level rises by one meter than 19% of Bangladesh is going to go under water. On the other hand, he adds, the population of Bangladesh during this time will rise by another 100 million.

Dr Mahmud also says that the impact of the climate change is very much felt in Bangladesh. The frequency of natural calamity in Bangladesh has gone up, the salinity in Bangladesh has risen to such an extent that the quantity of cultivable lands has decreased significantly.

These adverse impacts of climate change are increasingly felt and unless the situation is reversed, Bangladesh will face the challenges which will only add to the woes of its huge population. He, however, says that up until now Bangladesh has been doing fairly well in disaster management when compared with other vulnerable countries.

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