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12:00 AM, April 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 20, 2018

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Danger on the roads

On April 4, Rajib Hasan, a student of Govt Titumir College, was on his way to class on a double-decker BRTC bus. Standing at the rear gate of the overcrowded bus, his right hand was dangling outside. At the Sonargaon crossing near Panthakunja park, another bus tried to drive through the narrow space between the BRTC bus and the footpath. Rajib's right hand was caught between the two buses, severing it at the elbow. After being rescued, he was taken to a hospital at Panthapath, and was later shifted to the ICU of DMCH.  He eventually died on April 17.

By now, Rajib is a familiar name for all of us in our country. But this happened in Dhaka, that's why it was easy to capture the accident by camera. But many other Rajibs are losing their lives or being disabled in our country every day. Road accidents are part and parcel of travelling on our roads and highways.

Sayek Ahmed Sajib

Sharankhola, Bagerhat

 

Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo

Rohingya camps in the monsoon

About one million Rohingya refugees have taken up makeshift shelter in various camps in Cox's Bazar. Most of their shacks are built on the hillsides. The rainy season is approaching and could prove destructive in this hilly area with landslides etc. This time last year, they suffered too. The international community, including agencies such as UNHCR working in the camps, have already expressed their deep concerns and requested the government to shift the refugee camps quickly to another suitable place.

There is also a serious threat to health in the Rohingyas camps with the spread of contagious waterborne diseases in the rainy season. Bangladesh has earned a good reputation across the world by sheltering the Rohingya refugees, as such our government should take a decision and ensure quick implementation so that the rainy season don't create havoc in the risky makeshift camps.

Md Zillur Rahaman

Bhola

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