Cox’s Bazar landslide: 273 causalities in 12 years...

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Cox’s Bazar landslide: 273 causalities in 12 years

 HM Faridul Alam Shaheen, Cox’s Bazar

 Published: 05:11 PM, 30 July 2021  

Landslides; Photo: Collected

Landslides; Photo: Collected

More than ten lakh people in 9 upazilas of Cox’s Bazar are living at the foot of the hill at risk. A source said that these people are losing more lives due to landslides or floods at various times. From 2010 to July 29 this year, 273 people including men, women and children died of landslides in this district.

According to experts, the number of deaths by landslides is increasing day by day due to hill cutting and deforestation along with various natural disasters. Among the deaths in the landslides, 98 people were from Cox’s Bazar sadar, 42 from Teknaf, 37 from Chakaria, 29 from Maheshkhali, 27 from Ukhiya, 23 from Ramu and 17 people from Eidgaon Upazila.

“More than 120,000 people in Maheshkhali are living at risk by occupying hilly forests,” said Maheshkhali UNO Md. Mahfuzur Rahman.

Municipal Mayor Mujibur Rahman thinks the situation in Cox’s Bazar city is dire. “Lakhs of people have been living in the risky hills of the city for a long time by building houses at the foot and top of the hill,” he said, mentioned that the security of life and property of more than 1.5 lakh people is in danger.

Ukhiya Upazila Chairman Hamidul Haque Chowdhury said more than one million people, including Rohingyas, were living in the hills at risk in the upazila.

In Palangkhali union alone, more than eight lakh Rohingyas live in the hills, said Ukhiya’s Palangkhali UP chairman Gafur Uddin Chowdhury. “They are living with a lot of risks.”

The situation in Teknaf and Eidgaon upazilas is direr, said district council chairman Mostaq Ahmed Chowdhury.

Meanwhile, district and upazila administrations have detected 12 high-risk areas in Cox’s Bazar municipality, Ukhiya-Teknaf, Maheshkhali, Chakaria, Eidgaon and Ramu.

Cox’s Bazar DC Md. Mamunur Rashid said people have been instructed to evacuate from the dangerous situation of heavy rains, landslides and mountain slopes. The concerned Union Parishad, Upazila Parishad and District Administration have already done regular miking. Besides, lakhs of people have been evacuated from the mountain’s “precarious position”.

In June 2019, at least 87 people died in Cox’s Bazar municipality and various upazilas due to mountain slopes for heavy rainfall. 10 people were killed in a landslide on Marine Drive Road at Himchari. According to reliable sources in the district administration, 273 people have died in the last 12 years.

The low-lying areas of the district have been inundated for the last four days due to torrential rains. Due to continuous rain across the district, 20 people, including women and children, died of flood in the last 48 hours. Among them are six Rohingyas.