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Rising seas flood WWII graves, wash away skeletons from Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands: Skeletons of World War II soldiers are getting washed from their graves due to rising Pacific Ocean water as climate change and global warming have led to inundation of Marshall Islands.

When Europe marked the 70th anniversary of the attack of Normandy beaches in the D-Day landings, a minister from Marshall Islands, a distant archipelago between Philippines and Hawaii, informed how the skeletons of 26 possibly Japanese soldiers, had been recovered on the Isle of Santo.

According to Tony de Brum, who is a minister of foreign affairs for Marshall Islands, spring tides from February end to April had actually inundated communities, he informed a group of reporters present at the latest United Nations climate meeting in Bonn.

The comments of the minister have highlighted the dark future and grave consequences for low-lying island regions as there have been drastic changes in climate that have led to rise in sea levels and global warming.

Tony also said that Marshall Islands is a chain of more than 1,000 islets with a population of approximately 70,000, is around 2metres at its highest point.

The UN said this week that tropical western Pacific is an area, which is experiencing nearly 4 times the global average rate of sea level increase. The water is rising up by 12 millimeters a year between 1993 and 2009, and the global average speed is 3.2 millimeters a year.

According to the UN, global average sea level might increase 26 centimeters to 98 centimeters by the end of this century.

It must be noted that Marshall Islands were utilized as a defense base by Japanese Navy in the buildup to the attack on Pearl Harbor during the World War II. Brum said that U.S. Navy based at Pearl Harbor is currently testing the carcasses to identify and extradite them.

Brum explained that rising sea levels have taken away 300metres from the tip of the capital island of Majuro in the last 20 years. Moreover, WWII weapons have been discovered, including a bomb on an airstrip, and roads that connected to outer isles have been extremely pounded that vehicles need to drive over the reef.

The rising water has washed numerous smaller islets including Boken that has sank below the waves, Brum said.