Newtok relocates

The effort to relocate Newtok, which is threatened by melting permafrost, the eroding Ninglick River and flooding, reached a historic milestone on Oct. 12. That’s when its first families began to move. This fall, 21 households, totaling 137 people, will become the pioneering year-round residents of Mertarvik, the new village taking shape on upriver from where the Ninglick River meets the Bering Sea.

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