Three people, including a father and his son, were killed in a landslide at a hill in Chittagong's Rangunia upazila yesterday afternoon when some workers were cutting the hill.
The port city's unique combination of sea, river and hills is going to lose one of the features due to the greed of an influential quarter.
Man-made causes contributed largely to the recent landslides in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and a political commitment is required to address those causes for averting disaster in the region, say experts.
A group of experts stresses for the need of proper management of roadside rainwater drainage system to avert landslides in the Chittagong Hill Tract regions.
The local administration has expressed helplessness as if it did not have the capacity to prevent the loss of lives in Friday's landslide at Jungle Salimpur in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday told parliament that tourism sector has incurred a loss of Tk 40 to 45 crore due to the recent landslides in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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.
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.
At least 100 people including four army men are killed in Rangamati while 26 in Chittagong and seven in Bandarban in separate incidents of landslide after daylong rain on June 12, 2017, caused by a depression in the Bay.