Tuesday, 15th June, 2021
Tuesday, 15th June, 2021

50,000 living at risk of landslide, 19 shelters open

At least 50,000 people are living on the slopes and foot of 17 hills at risk of landslide in Chattogram city.

As the monsoon rain begins, fear of landslides grips those living in the hill regions.

People of low-income groups live on the slopes and foot of hills, and the authorities concerned have opened some 19 shelters, sources said.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Nazmul Ahsan confirmed the matter.

Fearing landslides amid incessant rainfall, the Chattogram district administration and Met office have urged residents living on hill slopes to take shelter in safer places immediately.

“Using loudspeakers, we ask the people to leave risky hilly areas to avert casualties from possible landslides,” Mohammad Nazmul Ahsan said.

The district administration is closely monitoring the issue, he added.

The Chattogram Met office issued a warning of heavy rainfall in the hilly regions that may trigger landslide.

Some 19 shelters have been kept prepared in the port city, sources said.

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