The Breaking Loose

of The Elements

Photography by Kazi Md. Jahirul Islam

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On the banks of the Karnaphuli River, in the Bay of Bengal, the port city of Chittagong is Bangladesh’s second largest city, with a population of two and a half million people, many of them refugees from parts of the countryside that have become uninhabitable due to the floods that hit Bangladesh each year during monsoon season. The rains also affect the city as streets are submerged, marooning those living in the low-lying areas. Local rickshaws navigate the waist-deep water, the pullers and drivers taking advantage of the bad weather by demanding excess fares from the commuters. As these annual weather events become more extreme, causing fatal landslides and widespread disruption, can the city ever return to business as usual?

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