soldiers killed on the Marshall Islands
Rising sea levels have disturbed the skeletons of soldiers killed on the Marshall Islands during World War Two.
Speaking at UN climate talks in Bonn, the Island's foreign minister said that high tides had exposed one grave with 26 dead.
The minister said the bones were most likely those of Japanese troops.
Driven by global warming, waters in this part of the Pacific have risen faster than the global average.
With a high point just two metres above the waters, the Marshall Islands are one of the most vulnerable locations to changes in sea level.
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These last spring tides in February to April this year have caused not just inundation and flooding of communities but have also undermined regular land, so that even the dead are affected”
Tony De Brum
Marshall Island's Foreign Minister
The 29 atolls that make up the Marshall Islands are home to around 70,000 people. The corals that have formed the island chain are highly vulnerable to the surrounding seas.
The waters are not just threatening to overwhelm their defences, they are eroding roads while the salt makes the land infertile.
Now the waters are posing a new, macabre challenge.
"These last spring tides in February to April this year have caused not just inundation and flooding of communities but have also undermined regular land, so that even the dead are affected," said foreign minister Tony De Brum, speaking on the sidelines of the UN climate negotiations.
"There are coffins and dead people being washed away from graves, it's that serious."
He gave details of an island in his constituency where a mass grave with 26 bodies had been exposed.
"We think they are Japanese soldiers, no broken bones, no indication of war, we think maybe suicide," he said.
The Islands were occupied by the Japanese during World War Two, until they were driven out by US forces.
In the years that followed the Islands were subject to dozens of nuclear weapons tests.
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