Global warming has dried up water resources in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in south-eastern Bangladesh, forcing thousands of indigenous people to leave their traditional settlements.
While rural and coastal areas have already suffered the brunt of floods and cyclones, climate change has wreaked havoc in the high altitude region of the South Asian country.
Environmentalists say the Hill Tracts areas – which cover 10% of Bangladesh’s land – are at risk of losing their waterways.
“A few years ago, the villagers grew abundant rice and vegetables here and the streams provided fish and drinking water,” said Manu Ching, who lives in the hill district of Lulain village in Bandarban. . “But not anymore.”
“[Things] have changed, the rains have become very irregular, not like before, we are no longer able to grow seasonal crops. The climate has changed, ”Ching added.