According to the UN report, if opened, the proposed coal mine would immediately displace an estimated 50,000 to 130,000 Bangladeshi people, with up to 220,000 potentially being affected over time as irrigation channels and wells dry up.
In addition, the project would reportedly extract 572 million tons of coal over the next 36 years from a site covering nearly 6,000 hectares, and destroy some 12,000 hectares of productive agricultural land.
The mine also could potentially destroy waterways supporting 1,000 fisheries and nearly 50,000 fruit trees. Access to safe drinking water for some 220,000 people is at stake.
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