Coastal erosion in Senegal is so high that cemeteries are being swallowed up by the sea

Senegal’s The Petite Cote coastline is being eaten up by coastal erosion.

Besides affecting communities and hotels, three quarters of the cemetery of Rufisque has been swallowed up by the sea. Now, a major part of the graves are in the sea and sometimes children playing and bathing find human bones!

[quote_box_center]According to government data, coastal erosion in Senegal ranges between one and two centimetres annually. By 2080, three quarters of the coast will face ‘high risk of erosion’ status due to rising sea levels. That’s up from around half now.[/quote_box_center]

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Since 2007, there have been strong swells that have caused enormous problems at the Thiawlene neighbourhood, the cemetery and homes.

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The state of Senegal had established provisional measures for interim protection, hoping to find in the future other substantial funding.

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Here another video showing the same cemetery in Rufisque being after a giant wave crashed on it. Lots of graves are already open… But where are the bodies?

Anti-salt dykes have been introduced to mitigate salination of agricultural lands.

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Sea defences have also been constructed to prevent further erosion.

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That’s so terrible.

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