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Heavy rains inundate Bandarban

  • Temporary shelters opened, medical teams ready
  • Dry food distributed
  • Rice and money allocated for flood victims
Update : 06 Aug 2023, 03:15 PM

Several areas of Bandarban have become inundated due to continuous rain for two days till Sunday.

Low-lying areas of Hafez Ghona, Bus Station, Army Para and Islampur areas went under 5-7 feet of water, causing suffering for local people.

Deputy Commissioner Shah Mojaheed Uddin said 192 temporary shelters have been opened and 41 medical teams are ready to deal with the situation.

In Lama upazila, 36 members of eight families who lived in vulnerable places that are prone to landslides have been shifted to shelter homes, he added.

Dry food has been distributed among people in the shelters, Mojaheed said.

Due to the incessant rains in the past two days, the district’s Sangu and Matamuhuri rivers are flowing close to the danger mark.

The deputy commissioner said the administration is fully prepared to deal with the disaster.

“There is no shortage of relief materials. Along with the administration, the army, police and fire service have made all preparations to tackle the situation,” he said.

Mahbubur Rahman, chief scientific officer at Bandarban Soil Conservation and Watershed Management Centre, said Bandarban recorded 165mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, people living in vulnerable places in all upazilas of Bandarban are being asked to go to shelters as there is a possibility of landslides due to the heavy rains.

Members of the fire service are conducting drives in different areas with the help of the local administration.

The local administration has allocated 20 tons of rice and Tk1 lakh for the flood victims.

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