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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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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor

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RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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