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Villagers make a dam with mud in plastic bags to protect their only road in Pratap Nagar, that lies in the Shyamnagar region, in Satkhira, Bangladesh on Oct. 5, 2021. In 1973, 0.833 million hectares were affected by the encroaching seawater, accelerated by more frequent cyclones and higher tides, that has contaminated water supplies. That's bigger than the U.S. state of Delaware. That increased to 1.02 million hectares in 2000, and to 1.056 million hectares in 2009, according to Bangladesh’s Soil Resources Development Institute. Salinity in soil has increased by 26% over the past 35 years, and continues to do so every year. Officials working in the Shyamnagar region admit that paucity of funds was preventing the government from building new desalination plants that would convert saltwater to fresh water. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

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Women walk homewards carrying drinking water in Bonbibi Tala in Satkhira, Bangladesh on Oct. 5, 2021. Each woman walks up to four kilometer (2.4 miles) daily. Salinity in soil has increased by 26% over the past 35 years, and continues to do so every year in this region. Officials working in the Shyamnagar region admit that paucity of funds was preventing the government from building new desalination plants that would convert saltwater to fresh water. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

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A villager collects drinking water from a water desalination plants in Bonbibi Tala in Satkhira, Bangladesh on Oct. 5, 2021. Salinity in soil has increased by 26% over the past 35 years, and continues to do so every year. Officials working in the Shyamnagar region admit that paucity of funds was preventing the government from building new desalination plants that would convert saltwater to fresh water. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)