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WORKSHOP ON LANDSLIDE, Concerted efforts needed to tackle disasters in hills---Participants

SHANTRIMOY CHAKMA, CHT Journal Desk: Speakers in a workshop here on Monday said that a comprehensive effort is very much vital to tackle or prevent any casualty during any disaster in the hilly areas. Initiative for awareness building among the general people mostly those who vulnerable to natural disasters and taking early precautionary measures would save lives and properties from any potential natural catastrophe.

They said most of the people in hilly terrain are vulnerable to landslide in this current monsoon. So that people who are living under foothills or in the vertical hilly areas and very risky to possible mud or landslide must be relocate to safer places. They must have respond to the call of district administration for taking shelter in secured locations in advance. Otherwise, precautionary steps that have been taken by the disaster management and relief affairs ministry will bring no positive result, opined participants.

Some 120 people were killed and many more injured merely in Rangamati district during a series of landslides on June 12-14 last year due to heavy rainfall with the record of 365mm. There was a massive destruction in road communication, crop fields and people’s properties.

Disaster management and relief affairs ministry with the association of district administration organised the workshop at the auditorium of Rangamati Small Ethnic Cultural Institute in the hill town of Rangamati.

As the chief guest, minister for disaster management and relief affairs ministry, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, said precautionary steps have been taken already from his ministry to avoid and save hilly people from potential landslide. Adequate relief materials are kept ready to tackle during disaster.

Maya further said the hilly areas are so vulnerable to earthquake and thus we should think about it.

As the special guest, former state minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs ministry, Dipanker Talukder, said development programmes will not take to momentum rather will go in vain until or unless recovery of illegal weapons from the armed groups in hills.

The government must come forward to mitigate man-made crisis in hilly region, said Dipanker.

Ushatan Talukder MP said there is a severe problem in water ways communication in Rangamati due to decreased of navigability in the Kaptai Lake. He urged the government to take step for dredging the lake to ensure smooth water communication and boosting fish production.

Md. Shah Kamal, secretary of disaster management and relief ministry, Rangamati region commander Brig. Gen Golam Faruque, Chairman of Rangamati Hill District Council Brishaketu Chakma, and police super Md. Alamgir Kabir addressed among others.

Md. Mohsin, additional secretary of disaster management and relief ministry presented the power point.

AKM Mamunur Rashid, deputy commissioner of Rangamati chaired the event.

Disaster minister announced in the workshop that 300 metric tons rice, Tk 5 lakhs (GR cash), 500 bundles of corrugated iron sheets and Tk 15 lakhs for reconstruction of houses to tackle landslide will be allotted very soon.

Earlier, minister visited different places which vulnerable to landslide in the town and joint in a rally bring out in the town for making the people aware about natural disasters. (chtj-desk/report).