Just before midnight, the baby Sedo Passy was alone in her parents'bedroom. The waves broke a wall and flooded the room.
"Throughout the afternoon, the tide was rolling, bigger than usual, like surfing.
But we kept thinking, "It's going to stop," recalled her father, Sonny Passy.
"But it's happening all the time. . . So we all ran around like crazy, and everything happened, and my partner and I didn't realize that our little girl was still there.
"When they got back," we found Sedo sitting on her canvas bed, covered from head to foot with sand, poor girl.
She never cried, just like she was shocked or something.
"Climate change is no longer an abstract threat to Passy and others living on the northern Australian border.
They think it's happening now.
In the past two years, half of the densely populated islands in the Torres Strait have experienced unprecedented flooding.
Islanders cannot prove that climate change is responsible for tidal floods or weather changes, but their elders are confused.
Although the floods on these islands are largely unnoticed on the Australian mainland, they will become a global issue from next year.
According to the draft report of the Fourth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, compiled by the world's top climate scientists, from the age before its official release next year, the tide has revealed the need for better coastal protection and long-term protection. -
This semester's plan is likely to resettle half of the 4,000 people living on the island.
The draft report also warns that asylum seekers in mainland Australia may not be alone.
"About 60,000 to 90,000 people from Pacific islands may face flooding from the oceans. -
By the 1950s, levels were rising every year, "the report said.
"This will create internal pressure on these countries and their neighbours. (
For example, New Zealand and Australia)
Help maintain communities or consider emergency immigration.
Torres Strait Islanders are also likely to migrate to Australia during this period.
CSIRO scientist Donna Green is working with indigenous communities in remote northern Australia to adapt to climate change.
She says the Torres Strait is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country.
"Although we do not have a historical record of sea level in the Torres Strait, we know that climate change is causing sea level rise in the region and increasing the intensity of extreme weather and tidal events," she said.
Therefore, climate change is likely to play a role in recent floods.
"Flying across the Strait in a light plane, a teardrop-
Below is an island of various shapes, its interior is dark green palm trees, surrounded by shallow sand in opal. -coloured sea.
There are more than 100 such remote islands between Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea, but only 14 are inhabited.
For mainlanders in Australia, this coral tear, known as Marsigh Island or York Island, is the most recognizable feature of the Torres Strait because it played a leading role in the recent SBS TV series Nurses in the Remote Areas.
Masig is in six troughs-
The sleeping islands in the central and Northern regions-
The western part of the Torres Strait has suffered many floods in the past two years.
On Masig Island, the waves surged over a 50-metre beach, slapping the steps of Highway 113. -year-
Old St. John's Evangelical Church.
"That night, when I went out with my family, my eyes were almost open, my God," said Ned Mosby, my father, who appeared on Running.
"My child asked me,'Dad, what happened?
"I told them,'I don't know'. . . But that night I told them,'Hey, this is our home, but the day you have to move will come.
"It's a message that Father Mosby and his priest Edward Nay reluctantly preached to their congregation.
"I'm not happy when I talk about it, but I'm a realist," Naipa said.
"That's why I want John Howard to start talking to the Aborigines of the Australian continent about places where you can settle in island communities.
"He will" also ask the Prime Minister to do everything possible to slow down the process of global warming, because otherwise, God only knows how long we will stay here.
Although the waves did not damage the church, its roof needed to be replaced at a cost of $101,000.
"Do we want to raise the money to replace the roof here, or do we start thinking about rebuilding churches elsewhere? "" he asks.
Some islanders have a nickname for mainlanders, especially politicians crossing the Strait, who complain about local concerns and fly away without success.
They call them seagulls.
But after years of failed lobbying by the Torres Strait Regional Authority and island companies-
The Coordination Committee, at last, shows that politicians are listening.
At the end of last year, the federal government allocated $300,000 for a major study of six of the most risky islands: Poluma, Ima, Masig and Wallab in the Central Strait, and the northern marshes. -
Saibai and Western Boigu.
And long-term preparation-
Outdated emergency evacuation plans, the islands also submitted applications for $4.
The federal and Queensland governments have allocated $4 million to repair seawalls, build houses on stilts and protect vital infrastructure such as water.
John Toshik Chris, chairman of the Regional Authority, said relocation had been discussed as a "last resort", but he believed it could be avoided with the help of the government.
"At the moment, you can't move these people because they are flesh and blood linked to traditional families," he said. On the far-
Eastern Volcanic Island-
Also known as Murray Island-
Five Meliams, led by Eddie Mabo, have filed an epic High Court lawsuit on indigenous land rights, overturning the legal myth that Australia did not belong to anyone before the arrival of the British.
But today, it is the sea, not the law, that occupies their land.
Two nights in July last year, hurricanes and extreme tides struck Meicheng, prompting more than six families to move inland.
Ron Dai, the chairman of the Council, was not surprised. He had warned for many years that "no one can stop sea level rise".
But like other Torres Strait Islanders, the Meliams are deeply connected to the sea and land, celebrating with slow and gentle songs "Living in your opal waters. . . Have all the good things.
The song was written a century ago by John Stewart Bruce, a Scotsman whose family was the first European to live on the Mel River.
They loved it and buried it there.
Last July, their overgrown graves were flooded.
It was the flood, and his fear of finding his daughter Sedoy covered with sand, that persuaded Passy to pack up his home on the beach and move to the mountains.
Although Mr. Passy said it was difficult for his children to give up the beach in their backyard and fall asleep in the lapping waves, he was trying to be optimistic about their actions.
"We will install solar panels on the roof, a wind turbine, our own vegetable garden, a composting toilet and so on," he said.
"I'll do my bit first and see where we start.
"This Saibaidao Group. . . It's being deprived of by the occupied sea, "the story says.
At the bottom-
Lying on an island in the Torres Strait, even the old man with a long memory said that the recent flood of the King's Tide was the worst flood they had ever seen.
But in Sabai, which is mostly one meter above sea level, hundreds of people were forced to resettle on the mainland in 1948, before the floods were so severe.
Today, 379 people on the island are worried that flooding is increasing.
Even with a long seawall, the streets were washed away again and again, most recently in February.
A wooden sign smashed into a palm tree and summed up the fear of the local people: "Emergency".
For the leadership of this community, please help me, I am sinking. . . For this community, please pray for me.
But Security Council President Jason Watsam insisted it was not too late to save the island.
He hopes to get money to repair the broken seawall.
"We have to think seriously now, because there are some areas. （
It was not affected by water until this year, "he said.
"But if we disperse, we will lose our white Cypriot identity.
If we separate, there will be no more Sabah.