25 Mar 2010

Tiny island disappears, say scientists

10:48 am on 25 March 2010

An island in the Bay of Bengal, claimed for years by both India and Bangladesh, appears to have vanished beneath rising seas.

The uninhabited territory was known as New Moore Island to the Indians and South Talpatti Island to the Bangladeshis, the BBC reports.

Scientists in Calcutta say satellite images show the island is now fully under water.

There has never been a permanent settlement there as the island only ever reached two metres above sea level.