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5 islands in Solomons submerged because of sea level rise

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SUDNEY — Five islands have vanished in the Pacific’s Solomon Islands because of rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study published on Saturday.

Sea level rise is happening faster than people think and it has already dealt heavy blows to island countries and six more islands have been severely eroded, the study said.

“At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing erosion,” the study published on Environmental Research Letters said.

The five submerged islands were all vegetated reef islands up to five hectares, the study said.

It is feared that the rise in sea levels will cause widespread erosion and inundation of low-lying atolls in the Pacific.

Albert, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, said the Solomons was considered a sea-level hotspot because rises there are almost three times higher than the global average.

The researchers looked at 33 islands using aerial and satellite imagery from 1947 to 2014, combined with historical insight from local knowledge.

They found that rates of shoreline recession were substantially higher in areas exposed to high wave energy, indicating a ‘synergistic interaction’ between sea-level rise and waves, which Albert said could prove useful for future study.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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