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Sun Mar 5, 2017, 05:19 PM

The village that's disappearing into the sea

The village that's disappearing into the sea
Paul Melia in Omoa, Honduras
March 4 2017 2:30 AM

A PIPE protrudes from the beach, spurting drinking water into the oncoming surf. It once fed a house, since washed away by the sea, one of 23 lost to rising sea levels in Cuyamel sandbar in Omoa, Honduras.

This community of more than 500 people has existed for more than a century, its inhabitants sustained by agriculture and fishing.

But palm trees buffeted by the Caribbean sea, their roots barely clinging to what remains of the soil below, now mark the spot where homes once stood.

There is no future here -within a year, villagers expect to be forced to flee their houses as the ocean swamps what was once a thriving community.


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