The island of Cangrejo goes to the bottom off Panama, so that its inhabitants will be moved to the mainland

The island of Cangrejo goes to the bottom off Panama, so that its inhabitants will be moved to the mainland

In November Diomede Fabrega and his wife Dalis always wake up with sea water at ankle height. When the trade winds blow, we always had water in the house, they tell El Pais newspaper. But now the level rises by over six millimeters a year, so that half of Cangrejo, a small island off the coast of Panama, which is part of the San Blas archipelago, ends up underwater. The phenomenon is not new, given that during the last century the sea level in this corner of the Caribbean has risen by 20-25 centimeters overall: but now the speed of sea rising has tripled even if compared to 20-30 years ago, and the trade winds begin to blow earlier.

Due to the advancement of the sea, the approximately 1,000 inhabitants of Cangrejo are already forced to pile up in the center of this atoll, 400 meters long and just 150 wide, so that space is now scarce. For this reason, local authorities are working on a plan to relocate the entire population to the mainland. The move will take place on a voluntary basis within 5 years, but obviously there will be no choice. It will be the first exodus caused by the climate crisis and will probably be replicated in all 30 islands of this paradisiacal archipelago that thrives on tourism.

May 29, 2019 (change May 29, 2019 | 3:17 pm)
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