At least 60 streams in hill district Khagrachari are disappearing due to deforestation and hill-slide.
According to the district administration sources, the water bodies streaming from hills connected with Chengi, Feni and Mainee rivers have lied in dire situation.
People who live in remote areas under nine upazilas of the district are facing acute water crisis due to its rapid disappearing, the sources said.
Dr Sudin Kumar Chakma, ex-principal of Khagrachhari Government College said the streams were the heart of indigenous people in the district.
“Most of the hill families not only fulfilled their water demands from these water-bodies but also mitigated their fish or other demands related to water,” he said.
He urged the government to take steps to plant more environment friendly trees in the hill area to save the water bodies.
Editor of Khagrachhari Pratidin Tarun Kumar Battachariya echoed the words of Sudin.
He also blamed both forest and district administration’s negligence for disappearing the streams.
“Hills of Khagrachhari became barren while more than hundred wild lives lost their habitat as forest reduced rapidly by unscrupulous timber traders with the close assistant of forest officials,” he added.
Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Md Abul Amin said district administration was trying their level best to save forests.
“We are continuing mobile courts against tree and hill plunders,” he added.
He wanted cooperation from all corners to take action against the forest enemy aiming to save the streams and rivers.