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Children play football on an area of ground that is regularly flooded during high tides causing erosion and salination that in turn is killing the area's palm trees. Abaiang is one of Kiribati's atolls that is most threatened by rising sea levels. The country's government says Tebunginako is a 'barometer for what Kiribati can expect in the future'. Since the 1970s the village's residents have seen the sea levels rise and eventually erosion has meant that a major part of the village has had to be abandoned.