District administration with the help of law enforcers and members of fire service conduct an eviction drive against people living under the threat of landslides at Tankir Pahar in Lalkhan Bazar of Chittagong city. The hilly city faces heavy rainfall this monsoon. Photo: Star
In the wake of heavy rainfall for the past few days, local administration today started evicting people from Chittagong city's most risky hill slopes to avert possible loss of lives from landslides.
“We have started evicting people living in vulnerable condition in Matijharna, Patali and Tancky areas of the port city,” said Abdul Kader, assistant deputy commissioner (ADC-revenue) in Chittagong.
At least 666 families will be shifted from 11 risky hilly areas in phases, the ADC said.
The hill dwellers are being evicted permanently, Kader said adding that they will not be allowed to return to their homes in the hilly areas for the sake of saving their lives and property.
The Chittagong district administration on June 17 decided to evict illegal slums on the risky hill slopes in the city before Ramadan.
It also asked the Power Development Board, Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd to disconnect water, gas and power connections in those slums for the hill people.
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