An aerial photograph taken on July 6, 2010, shows part of a wetland forest at the Danau Sentarum National Park in West Kalimantan on Indonesian Borneo island. File/Getty Images

Indonesia - Rising sea levels swallow up 2 Indonesian islands

Two uninhabited islands in South Sumatra have vanished, and four are on the brink, thanks to rising sea levels.

The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says Betet Island and Gundul Island are now completely submerged because of climate change and are sitting one and three metres below sea level, respectively.

“These islands were uninhabited. One of the islands, Betet, is a part of Berbak-Sembilang National Park,” Walhi South Sumatra executive director Hairul Sobri said in a statement on Jan. 14.

Head of Berbak-Sembilang National Park Area II, Affan Absori, confirmed that after years of sinking, Betet is officially underwater.

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