Coastal erosion destroys an entire village in Ghana

Sea erosion continues to wreak havoc on villages along West Africa’s shoreline, threatening communities.

Many homes on the coast of Ghana’s Volta region have been destroyed by waves in recent years.

Many families have already move house a number of times and are facing an increasingly uncertain future.

Fuveme is visibly shrinking: It is one of Ghana’s coastal villages which are vanishing because of coastal erosion. What was once a thriving fishing community is now best reachable by boat because of rising sea levels. Waves have taken whole parts of the village with them into the sea.

The geographical location of Fuveme, in Keta municipality of the Volta region, makes it particularly prone to sea erosion.

It lies between the Gulf of Guinea and the Keta Lagoon.

Fuveme is not the only community reduced to an island.

The entire Keta municipality is now just a narrow stretch of land and is the area worst affected by sea erosion in Ghana.

A 2010 study by the World Bank paints a grim picture for the rest of the country.

Rising sea levels are swallowing up land along the West African coastline at an astonishing rate.

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