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Heavy rain continues to disrupt life

Update : 27 Jun 2015, 07:13 PM

Monsoon deluge caused by the incessant heavy rain has continued to wreak havoc in the hills and in the low lying areas.

Thousands of people are stranded with no access to safe drinking water and food supplies. Moreover, flash floods and landslides are looming as constant threats for the waterlogged areas.


Road connectivity between the hilly district of Bandarban and the rest of the country has remained suspended for the fourth day yesterday. Though excess water has begun to recede, lives are yet to return to normalcy in Bandarban Sadar, Lama, Ali Kodom, Naikkhyangchhari and Thanchi upazilas.

Ripon Chakrbarty of Lama said they were facing acute crisis of safe drinking water since many water bodies had been polluted. “People are having to collect water from deep tube wells from afar,” he said.

Harvest of seasonal fruits such as pineapple, mango and jackfruit was also severely hampered as the excessive rain has caused them to decay.

Journalist from Naikkhyangchhari Abul Bashar Noyon said many electric poles broke down disrupting power connection to Lama, Ali Kodom, Ruma and Thanchi areas.

Meanwhile, State Minister for the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur, Deputy Commissioner Mizanul Haq Chowdhury and senior officials of Bangladesh Army and political party leaders distributed money and dry foods among the flood-affected people.


In Khagrachhari, at least 5000 people are passing days amid risk of fatal landslides caused by the torrential rain.

According to Jugal Pado Dey, Khagrachhari agriculture extension officer, around 250 millimetres of rainfall had been recorded in the last four days in Khagrachhari.

Khagrachhari District Administration (KDA) and local environment workers identified at least 1380 families vulnerable to landslides.

Harunur Rashid, a resident of Horinathpara said: “Government officials have made several surveys in the last couple of years but no project has been taken yet to save us from landslide.”

Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA) Khagrachhari unit’s Abu Daud Muhammad said the number of people living under the threat of landslide might be more than the estimation as many people in the district were either living on the hill tops or hill slopes.

When contacted Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman said: “We would take proper initiative to rehabilitate the vulnerable people but I cannot confirm how much time it would need.”


Five municipalities, including the district Sadar, of Bhola have submerged in water caused by the continuous downpour. Besides, the coastal areas and the remote shoals have also gone under water affecting thousands of people.

Roads, houses, establishments, crops and ponds of Charfashion, Char Patila, Kochuakhalir Char, Monpura, Char Nizam, Doulatkhan, Boikonthopur, Neyamatpur and others areas are totally inundated.

Chairman of Char Kukri-Mukri union Hashem Mohajon said many areas of the union, including Aminpur and Babuganj are waterlogged due to the heavy rain since Wednesday night.

Abdul Hakim, executive engineer of Bhola’s Water Development Board, said waters of all the rivers in the district had been flowing over the danger level in the last three days. 

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