The Rangamati-Chittagong road, which was seriously damaged in landslides, will be ready for movement of light vehicles by tomorrow, according to an ISPR release.
However, it will take one month to make the road fully operational, the Inter Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR) said yesterday.
Since the rain-triggered landslides on June 12 and 13, long stretches of the road have been damaged and covered by thick mud, suspending road communications between the two districts. Later authorities connected them through waterways.
It was the worst landslide after 2007, which struck the hilly areas of Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachhari, and Chittagong, killing more than 150 people including five army men.
ISPR said the Bangladesh Army was relentlessly working to restore road communications in Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari. The army is also working to restore electricity, constructing shelters, and providing relief and treatment to the victims.
The release said more than 300 army personnel of two battalions and many of its construction machineries were engaged to repair roads; of them 233 personnel and 20 heavy machineries were currently deployed in Bandarban and Rangamati. ISPR also said eight medical teams of the army were working in 16 areas of the hill districts, and food and drinking water were being provided in seven shelters.
The teams so far treated 1,686 people and distributed provisions among 4,892, the release said. The army also gave financial aid and clothes to 900 people. In addition, it sent three high-powered power generators, two water purification plants, and necessary equipment to the areas.