A video captured recently on the Chittagong-Kaptai road shows a vivid picture of the present scenario of waterlogging in Chittagong as most of the areas under the Chittagong City Corporation are inundated, causing immense sufferings for the commuters every day.
Over a month after the Rangamati landslides, the people, who were rendered homeless, are eagerly waiting for permanent settlement as the government is preparing a “comprehensive” policy for their rehabilitation.
It is a glaring example of how ineffective measures by the local administration and people's carelessness can lead to loss of lives.
Only five weeks ago, rain-induced landslides killed over 170 people in the hill districts, 120 of them in Rangamati alone.
Such a high death toll should have been an eye-opener both for the administration as well as for those living precariously in the hill slopes. But yesterday's deaths of five people in a Sitakunda landslide are evidence that last month's warning fell on deaf ears.
When the terror attack was unfolding at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on the night of July 1 last year, Lt Col MM Imrul Hasan, a commando, was watching a movie with his family at a resort in Habiganj, some 180km from the capital.
A very different Eid-ul-Fitr is prevailing through Rangamati – the area that saw one of the worst series of landslides in a decade that killed 120 people there. The district officials have scrapped all their official programmes to spend time with the landslide victims who have taken refuge in the local shelter homes.