In the US state of Louisiana, bayou swamps are plagued by rising waters. Villages have already been destroyed and 350,000 people will become climate refugees in 50 years.
South of Louisiana (United States), the land and the sea intertwine. The bayou, snake in Indian, represents an immense marshy area, a refuge for the fauna and flora of the State. But the Pointe-au-Chien area is now in danger from rising waters. Donald Dardar is one of the tribes that have lived here for generations. He saw the water engulf whole swaths of land. “The bayou here was very small, it was not as wide. It was no wider than the boat,” he recalls.
350,000 people submerged in the state of Louisiana
Every hour, the water swallows the equivalent of a football field. Almost nothing remains of a village, whose inhabitants had to flee. Along the bayou canals, homes were raised to withstand regular flooding and hurricanes. “It’s my home, so I’m up for the challenge. This is where we come from so we will rebuild in the same place,” says Jade Billiot, a resident of the Pointe-au-Chien bayou. She, like others, does not plan to leave. Yet many had no other choice. Within 50 years, an estimated 350,000 people in Louisiana will be submerged and become climate refugees.