Health Desk-14 July, 2019: Nearly 20,000 families have been living in hill slopes of the Cox’s Bazar town and other areas amid taking the risk of landslide, reports UNB.
Growing rains with the advent of monsoon and unabated hill cutting have intensified the risk of landslide, creating panic among the hill residents.
Azmul Huda, general secretary of Cox’s Bazar Forest and Environment Conservation Council, an environmental organisation, said, “The Rohingya people who have been living in Ukhiya and Tekhnaf areas after cutting over 6,000 acres of forest also brace for possible landslide.”
Besides, over 10,000 families in Badshaghona, Light House, Dakkhin Diggul, Dakkhin Hazipara, Pahartali, Sahikkika Palli, Ghonarpara, Moheshkhailla Para, Kalatali Adarshagram, Borachara, Boidyaghona, Mohajerpara, Link Road, Muhuri Para, Janarghora areas of Cox’s Bazar town are at the risk of landslide, he added.
Azmul Huda said 10,000 families are living amid danger in the hilly areas of Ramu, Moheshkhali, Teknaf, Ukhiya and Pekua upazilas. Most of the houses have been built on forest land and government (khas) lands.
Sources at Cox’s Bazar Forest Department said 5,341 hectares of land of the South Forest department and 7,053 hectares under West Forest Department have been grabbed.
Hundreds of people are also living in khas land on hills of the district administration after capturing those, the sources said.