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Bandarban at risk of landslides, authorities set up 126 shelters to avert casualties

  • Published at 09:32 pm July 7th, 2019
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A special team, led by the UNO, visits a landslide-prone region to evacuate everyone Dhaka Tribune

There has been persistent rainfall for the last three days in the Bandarban Hill district, increasing the chances of floods, and landslides like every year

The upazila and district administration have opened over a hundred shelter centres, and are urging the people living in landslide-prone areas to promptly relocate there.

There has been persistent rainfall for the last three days in the Bandarban Hill district, increasing the chances of floods, and landslides like every year. 

To mitigate the casualties from this recurring natural disaster during every rainy season, the authorities have set up 126 shelter centres in seven upazilas of the district, confirmed Deputy Commissioner Md Daudul Islam to Dhaka Tribune, on Sunday.

He said: “Each year, the rainy season increases the likelihood of floods, and landslides in the district, which causes many deaths, and injuries.

“To promptly rehabilitate the people vulnerable to this threat, the administration has opened 10 shelter centres in Sadar upazila, 55 in Lama upazila, 6 in Ruma upazila, 3 in Thanchi upazila, 10 in Alikadam upazila, 22 Rowangchhari upazila, and finally 20 in Naikhongchhari upazila.”  

According to local sources, the incessant rainfall has raised the Sangu, and Matamuhuri Rivers to dangerous levels. If the precipitation continues at this rate, the low lying regions of the districts like the Lama upazila will be flooded.

Moreover, various areas in Bandarban city including Islampur, Armypara, and Sher E Bangla Nagar will also be inundated. 

Fashiakhali union council chairman Md Zaker Hossain Majumder told Dhaka Tribune: “The authorities concerned are continuing their campaign, using loudspeakers to urge the people living in landslide-prone areas to move to safe zones. We are also preparing to provide necessary relief items in the shelters at the same time.”

We have also sent special teams, led by the UNOs, to the landslide-prone regions to successfully evacuate everyone, he added.

Lama Municipality Mayor Jahirul Islam said: “Dry food, and drinking water has been arranged at the shelters as well.”