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The fishing village of South Tetulbarian in Barguna Sadar upazila is shown at sunrise as children come to see their relatives and fisherman return from weeks on the boats in Bangladesh October 20, 2010 . After 2 weeks of fishing they returned with a loss because they were not able to find enought fish to make the trip profitable.Because of climate change, the seas are getting more violent, less predictable and boats are capsizing more frequently. Twenty percent of the women in this village are widows because so many have lost their husbands in the seas. Coastal and fishing populations are particularly vulnerable and Fishing communities in Bangladesh are subject not only to sea-level rise, but also flooding and increased typhoons. Erosion as a result of stronger and higher tides, cyclones and storm surges is eating away Bangladesh's southern coast. Yet the largely fishing community cannot live without the sea. "We only know how to catch fish," say the fishermen. ( Ami Vitale).
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