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How land erosion is forcing a community in Bangladesh to live entirely on small boats

The erosion of land by rivers is forcing many Bangladeshi families to live on boats. Image: Reuters/Zakir Hossain Chowdhury

Zakir Hossain Chowdhury

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A collection of boats with some of the Manta community gather on the Meghna river, in Lakshmipur District, Bangladesh.
The entire Manta community now lives on boats on two rivers in Bangladesh. Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zakir Hossain Chowdhury

Manta community member Ratna Akter and her son on the boat that serves as their home on the Meghna river, in southeast Bangladesh.
Manta community member Ratna Akter and her son, who once nearly drowned in the river during heavy rains. Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zakir Hossain Chowdhury
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A Manta family eats their evening meal on the boat they live on, floating on the Meghna river, in Lakshmipur District, Bangladesh.
A Manta family eats their evening meal on the boat they live on. Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zakir Hossain Chowdhury
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