UN: Climate disasters imperil Bangladesh kids' lives, future

A report by the U.N. children's agency says lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk

photo:(The Associated Press) FILE - In this June 4, 2018, file photo, Bangladeshi children sit on garbage piled up by the river Buriganga in Hazaribagh area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A new report by the United Nations children’s agency says the lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk from colossal impacts of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change. The UNICEF report released Friday, April 5, 2019 said the tally includes Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar who are living in squalid camps in southern Bangladesh.( AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

The lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk from the colossal impact of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change, according to a report by the United Nations children's agency released Friday.

The UNICEF report said the estimate includes hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar who are living in squalid camps in Bangladesh's coastal district of Cox's Bazar.

The report says that because of the impact of climate, families across Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation crisscrossed by more than 130 rivers, have migrated to big cities from villages after losing their livelihoods to increasing salinity in arable land, flooding, or river bank erosion. It documents children being forced into sex trafficking or marriage to survive.

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