New Moore or India’s Purbasha or Bangladesh’s South Talapatti is an offshore sandbar island off the coast of the Sundarbans. Two kilometres away from the mouth of the Haribhanga River, the 25,000sq.m. island was completely submerged under the Bay of Bengal waters for years.
It was rediscovered after the Bhola cyclone of the ‘70s. It was never known to have any settlements but, in 1981, India established a temporary base for the Border Security Forces here. Bangladesh fought for this island before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2009 against India, especially for its oil and natural gas. Reports suggest that the island has submerged again.
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