Hill cutting for illegal establishments is one of the key reasons behind the recent series of landslides in Rangamati, the worst in a decade that killed at least 120 people. Even after the landslides, many such dangerous and risky establishments have been found in the district.
Four days after deadly landslides hit Rangamati killing at least 114 people, the supply of essentials, including food, was yet to become normal yesterday.
Most of the daily essentials were still selling at higher prices despite market monitoring by the district administration. However, the prices were lower than they were in previous three days.
In a matter of 10 days, Bikram Chakma, 47, has lost two homes and all of his belongings.
After his ancestral home, where he lived with his father, was gutted in an arson attack by Bangalee settlers earlier this month, he took refuge in a Buddhist monastery while his wife and daughter continued to live in their home in Rangamati town.
Nur Nahar was sitting despondently on the second floor of Bangladesh Radio sub-station shelter centre yesterday afternoon. On her lap was a six-month-old boy, constantly crying. It was clear the baby has breathing difficulties.
After Tuesday's devastating landslides that killed at least 108 people in Rangamati, the stock of fuel ran out in the hill district yesterday amid shortage of food and medicine.
There was no supply of electricity there for three days until last night, triggering a serious water crisis. The power supply resumed at 10:05pm.
The situation in Rangamati, that witnessed a devastating series of landslides in a decade which claimed 108 lives, is turning grave. Barely two days have passed and food, power and fuel crisis has struck the district. With road links off and monsoon weather, fears are on that things might worsen.