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Special cell to prevent landslides demanded

UNB

Speakers at a seminar yesterday recommended setting up a guideline management cell comprising of different forces to prevent landslides, reports UNB.

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa), Bangladesh-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh-China Cultural and Economic Centre, and China Embassy in Dhaka jointly organised the seminar titled “Landslide in Bangladesh: Reason, impact and disaster management” at the Cirdap auditorium.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon was present at the programme as the chief guest.

The minister said the hilly indigenous people used to live in hill slopes applying their own style. “They know how to live with the nature.

But the hills have been destructed now.”

Underscoring the need for taking a political decision giving priority to the issue, he said, “We’ll have to maintain harmony between the nature and our development work.”

Mentioning that the natural disaster is a common phenomenon in the country, columnist Syed Abul Maksud said it is necessary to constitute a cell comprising of Army, Border Guard Bangladesh, Fire Service and police for taking immediate steps on emergence basis. “I think the cell should be named guideline management cell.”

Describing hill cutting a crime, Abul Maksud, also Bapa Vice-president, blamed evil politics for it.

Prof M Shahidul Islam of Geography and Environment Department of Dhaka University presented the keynote paper at the seminar.

He said landslide turned into an alarming disaster in the last four decades.

Around 448 people were killed in landslides in the country since 1999.

Of them, 127 were killed in landslides in Chittagong city and cantonment area on June 11, 2007 while 160 in Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari on June 13, 2017.

According to him, hillslides in 1999-2017 occurred mostly in Chittagong, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar districts.

Globally rain has been identified as the main reason behind landslide, Shahidul said, adding that but there are two reasons behind landslide in Bangladesh - one natural and the other manmade.

Besides, the speakers suggested forming a powerful hill management committee which will apply legal power and take action against land grabbers.

Prof Badrul Imam of the DU Geology Department, Director of its Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies Institute Dr Mahbuba Nasreen, Director General of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence Brig Gen Ali Ahmed Khan also spoke on the occasion.

 

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