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Robbers abducted 135 fishermen and hijacked three trawlers in sea along the coastal areas in Patuakhali and Bagerhat early Friday.

In Patuakhali, Shah Alam, an angler who survived the attack, said a gang of 20 masked robbers on two trawlers attacked their trawlers and abducted 100 fishermen, including the drivers of the trawlers.

The gang also looted hilsa fishes, fuel and cash from the trawlers while they were fishing in the Bay some 20 to 25 kilometres off the coast at Kuakata, he said.

The kidnapped fishermen include Jalal Mia, 55, Anwar Hossain, 32, Kalam Mia, 55 and Badol Mia, 55, reports our Patuakhali correspondent.

The gang identified themselves as the members of ‘Sagor Bahini’ and gave a mobile phone number – 01763566040 – to communicate with their leader, he said.

Ansar Uddin Mollah, president of Fish Traders Association, said the gang committed the robbery on over 100 trawlers and kidnapped over 100 fishermen when they were fishing in the Bay.

The gang kidnapped Faruq Majhi, 40, of Cox’s Bazar, Khorshed Majhi, 45, of Mohipur, Kuddus Majhi, 35, of Khepupara, Abdul Bareq, 35, and Moti Majhi, 30, and Harun Majhi, 45, of Noli Bazar, and Alamgir Hossain, 40, of Barguna, Ansar said.

The gang dividing into several groups attacked on fishing trawlers in the Bay, he added.

Lt Dipankar, staff officer of Coast Guard (South Zone) operation department, said they heard about the incident, adding they have already begun an operation to rescue the abducted fishermen.

Our Bagerhat correspondent reports: Robbers kidnapped 35 fishermen near Fairway Buoy on the Bay in Sharankhola upazila early Friday.

They also hijacked three trawlers and looted valuables, including hilsha fishes and fishing nets, from the trawlers and demanded Tk 12 lakh as ransom from the owners, said Sheikh Idris Ali, general secretary of Bagerhat Coastal Matsyajibi Samity.

The robbers also beat up five fishermen as they resisted, he added.

Idris Ali said the robbers swooped on three trawlers laden with hilsa fishes and took the fishermen into the deep forest of Sundarbans.

Over 200 fishermen were kidnapped by robbers demanding ransom from Sundarbans and coastal areas in the last three months.

Source:The daily star:http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=39869

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Placing lives of passengers to grave risk

With the Eid round the corner, the shipping yards are suddenly abuzz with activities to repair and repaint the river-going vessels.

But these repair works have not been driven by any self-motivation but required by the shipping ministry. The fact that around two dozen defective, unsafe vessels had been plying between Dhaka and other parts of the country over the last one month prompted the shipping department to instruct vessel operators to obtain their fitness certificates before pressing those into service.

The question is why in the first place the faulty vessels could ply for a period of time at all? Anyway, the legitimate concern is over whether repair is being done under the watch of any competent authority or just left to the operators to do as they please.

Who is going to ensure that the repairs under Eid pressure will not be rushed in a slapdash and perfunctory manner and lives of thousands of Eid travellers put to grave risks. We disapprove of this in-season dash for servicing which would be prone to sloppy and cosmetic patchwork possibly leaving the major defects unattended.

There should be zero-tolerance towards any excuse for laxity either on the part of shipping department or the vessel operators that may endanger the lives of commuters by river.

We would like to urge the shipping ministry to ensure that the entire range of activities related to repairs is stringently supervised before the vessels are provided with fitness certificate to operate.

Source:The daily star: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=245071

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Study with India laments poor river ecosystem
Pinaki Roy from Kolkata, India

Hilsa fishes might stop coming to the river systems of Bangladesh and India and shift their spawning grounds to Myanmar rivers permanently, if the river ecosystem is not conserved in the two countries.

To safeguard the ecosystem, Bangladesh and India must increase waterflow, maintain navigation, control pollution and stop catching jatkas in their rivers, researchers said here yesterday while releasing a joint study on conservation of hilsa fish.

Hilsa breeding and migration grounds have been shrinking in both Bangladesh and India over the years, noted the experts.

They, howerver, did not elaborate on why the situation is better in Myanmar as the study did not cover that country. They made the assumption as river health is better there and the disturbance to hilsa is also less.

“We don’t get any hilsa in the Padma, though Poba, Godagari, Charghat and even Chapainawabganj were famous for it. In fact, hilsa doesn’t migrate to the upper waters in Shariatpur,” said Prof Dewan Ali Ahsan, chairman of the Department of Fisheries at Dhaka University.

If the salinity increases in the river water due to low flow of water from the upper stream and a rise in sea level, hilsa will not spawn in the Padma. Hilsa eggs and small fries cannot survive in salty water because their chloride cell does not develop during that time, mentioned Ahsan, a member of the Bangladesh-India joint study committee on “Migratory and Spawning Patterns for the Conservation of Hilsa in Bangladesh and India.”

Hilsa at present contributes one percent to Bangladesh’s GDP and meets 10 percent of its total fish demands, said the study. It stressed “the importance of migratory and spawning patterns for the conservation of hilsa in Bangladesh and India.”

The hilsa spawn at Kalirchar of Sandwip, Dhalerchar and Moulavichar of Hatia, Monpura and Charfashion in Bhola of Bangladesh. Besides, there are five nursery grounds where jatka grows before going back to the sea, it was noted in the research.

The study was released at a policy dialogue jointly organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, India (CIFRI) at a local hotel. The dialogue is a part of IUCN’s project, “Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative.”

The meeting emphasized the need to maintain the flow of fresh water in estuaries and associated mangrove ecosystems for sustainable hilsa fisheries.

Presenting the Indian part of the joint study, Dr Utpal Bhowmik, head of riverine ecology at CIFRI, said hilsa used to migrate upto Allahabad around 2,000 kilometres from the sea estuary.

But the Hoogly-Bhagiroti migratory route of the hilsa has been completely interrupted, mentioned the expert, due to construciton of the Farakka barrage.

Besides, less rainfall and temperature variations have also been preventing the hilsa species from migrating to Indian rivers for the last few years, he added.

Addressing the event as a guest of honour, Subrata Saha, minister of state, department of fisheries, warned that if no changes were made to current fishing practices, the hilsa stocks would be on the brink of collapse.

He explained that increased protection was now urgently needed to conserve Hilsa.

The study also revealed that most of the hilsa caught in Bangaldesh weigh around 750 grams to one kilogram, while the Indian variety weighs around 300 grams as the jatkas are not conserved here.

The dialogue made a set of recommendations to conserve hilsa fishes.

In Bangladesh, there is a restriction (during March-May) on the use of scoop nets for catching hilsa below 230mm. The experts suggested the Indian government adopt a similar policy to allow migration of jatkas to the sea.

They also recommended dredging the rivers at appropriate points along the Padma-Meghna and Hooghly-Bhagirathi river systems to maintain a proper flow of water to ensure hilsa migration.

Mokbul Hossain and Zafar Iqbal Siddique, members of the parliamentary standing committee on the fisheries and livestock ministry of Bangladesh, spoke as guests of honour.

Representatives from fishing communities and private sectors in Bangladesh and India also joined the dialogue.

Source: The Daily Star: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=243447

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Aman farming on vast areas of Patuakhali uncertain

Aman cultivation on around 40 thousand hectares of land in Kalapara upazila under the district faces uncertainty as the farmlands are flooded by saline water entering through the damaged parts of flood control embankments during high tides.

About five km areas of the embankment have collapsed and more 13 km areas are under threat in the upazila, said locals and sources of Water Development Board (WDB).

About 1.5 km flood control embankment at Char Kazal launch ghat area has been totally washed away in the river and more three km embankment in the area is under threat.

The Ramnabad River washed away about 2 km area of the embankment in Gazir Khal and Munshipara area at Lalua village under the upazila while more five km embankment area remains highly vulnerable.

“Our farmlands are becoming unfit for cultivation of aman paddy as saline water floods the lands during high tides,” said Asmot Ali, 60, a farmer of Chowdhuripara area.

Altaf Hossain and Majed Sikder of the same village said they would be deprived of aman paddy if saline water regularly enters their farmland.

“Frequent flooding by saline water decreases fertility of agricultural lands and gradually it becomes unfit for crop production,” said Md Nizam Uddin, chairman of agro-chemistry department of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU).

Rezaul Karim Biswas, chairman of Lalua union parishad (UP), said most agriculture lands in the union are affected by saline water as the flood control embankment breached at four points.

“We already sent letters to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Patuakhali and to water resource ministry demanding necessary step to repair the damaged embankment,” he said.

Abdul Maleq Akon, chairman of Khaprabhanga UP, said, “Farmlands in this area usually produce one crop a year. Farmers will badly suffer if saline water entering through damaged parts of embankments floods the lands regularly.”

Md Safi Uddin, executive engineer of WDB in Kalapara, said, “Repair of the damaged embankments will not be possible this year as this is the rainy season. We have already sent letters to the ministry concerned praying for allocation of Tk 13 crore for the purpose.”

Source:The daily star:http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244959

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Raises risks in journey on river routes

Like in the previous years, around 100 faulty launches are getting quick fixes in docks of Keraniganj during Ramadan this year so that those could be pressed on service to ferry Eid holidaymakers. The Department of Shipping, the government body to regulate water transport, has issued notices and instructions upon many of these launches for repairs. It had said repairs were needed to obtain their fitness certificates. In the last one month, the department’s Ship Surveyor Shahdat Hossain identified over two dozen faulty launches sailing to different destinations from Dhaka. “We have issued notices to over 15 launches, which have major faults, and we gave verbal directives to the rest of the launches, which have minor faults, to have them repaired immediately,” he said. MV Keya-1, MV Jamal-3, MV Al Walid, MV Tarika-7, MV Prince of Barisal, MV Shahidut MV Prince of Russel and MV Suressor-2 were among the 15 that received notices. “These launches have faults either in their engines, bodies or hulls. Without repairs, we will not renew their fitness certificates. In many cases, minor faults can also cause major accidents. No launch will be allowed to ply without fitness certificate,” said Shahdat. Aiming to cash in on the Eid rush, these launches are getting repairs done hastily, with the possibility of errors and weakness remaining, viewed some workers of the docks. Visiting several docks in Keraniganj, it was noticed that several hundred workers were busy repairing and repainting vessels in a hurry as the owners directed them to complete the job within the shortest possible time. “We are burdened with huge workload. We will have to complete the job within the next one week..,” said Monir Hossain, a welder who was working on MV Shahidut that plies between Dhaka and Hularhat. “We are trying our best but there may be mistakes or errors due to the rush because I am a human being,” said Monir. Department of Shipping Director General Commodore Jobair Ahmad said, “I know that before Eid some launches, whose fitness certificates have expired or those that have faults, start hectic repairs to get their fitness certificates because of the demand for vessels. “But I have directed surveyors and inspectors to inspect vessels properly and not give fitness certificates until a launch is 100 percent okay,” said the director general. Many launch staff claimed that they repair and refurbish their launches before Eid as part of their regular maintenance activities, to renew their fitness certificates and to attract passengers during the Eid rush. Hara Kumar Das, manager of MV Lali, said, “Before every Eid we repair our vessel. We have already applied for fitness certificate. We hope to get it after repairs.” In previous years, it was noticed that unfit, unregistered and overloaded vessels operated on the country’s rivers and accidents happened. MV Koko-4 on November 27, 2009, sank in Bhola due to overloading that took the lives of 77 and over 100 went missing. Unfit launch ML Raipura sank on May 17, 2005, in the Jamuna near Aricha killing 100 people. According to statistics of Green Club of Bangladesh, a non-government organisation, at least 2,404 passengers were killed and 703 still remain missing in 411 accidents between 2002 and 2011. However, the government statistics claimed that 1,544 were killed and 211 remain missing in 265 accidents during the same period. Around 8 lakh people leave the capital in the last 7 days of Ramadan through Sadarghat Launch Terminal, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority officials.

Source:The daily star:http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=245024

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The government will issue identification cards to the marginal fishermen of disaster-prone coastal areas so that they can get access to government facilities, said Secretary of Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Uzzal Bikash Dutta yesterday.

Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a Tk 84.52 crore project in this regard on March 20, 2012.

“We have already begun processing the project”, said Dutta in a press conference on National Fish Week-2012 organised at the Department of Fisheries.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the fish week, which starts today, to encourage fish farmers.

Source Daily star : http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=241055

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বিদেশিদের জালে ইলিশ দেশি জেলেদের হাহাকার

আষাঢ় মাস ইলিশের মৌসুম হলেও এখন পর্যন্ত সাগরে ইলিশের দেখা পাচ্ছেন না পটুয়াখালীর গলাচিপা ও রাঙ্গাবালীসহ উপকূলীয় এলাকার জেলেরা। ভারত ও মিয়ানমারের জেলেরা বাংলাদেশ সীমান্তে বা সীমান্তের ভেতর ঢুকে কয়েক শ কিলোমিটার এলাকাজুড়ে বিশেষ ধরনের জাল ফেলে ইলিশ শিকার করছেন।
তিন স্তরের ওই জাল ভেদ করে ছোট-বড় কোনো ইলিশই সাগরের বাংলাদেশ সীমান্তে আসতে পারছে না। তাই বাংলাদেশি জেলেদের জাল এখনো ইলিশশূন্য বলে জেলেরা অভিযোগ করেছেন।
জেলেদের ভাষ্যমতে, ভারত ও মিয়ানমারের পতাকাবাহী শতাধিক অত্যাধুনিক জাহাজ সব সময় সাগরের বাংলাদেশ সীমান্তে অবস্থান নিয়ে থাকছে। প্রতিটি জাহাজের সঙ্গে রয়েছে ২০-২৫টি মাছ ধরার ছোট নৌকা। ওই সব নৌকা থেকে যন্ত্রের সাহায্যে লাশা নামে এক ধরনের জাল ফেলা হয় সাগরে।
জেলেরা জানান, গত মৌসুমের মাঝামাঝি থেকে শেষ সময় পর্যন্ত পর্যাপ্ত ইলিশ শিকার করার পরও জলদস্যুদের হামলা ও অপহরণের শিকার হয়ে নিঃস্ব হয়ে পড়েছেন গলাচিপা-রাঙ্গাবালী উপজেলার শতাধিক ইলিশ-জেলে।
গলাচিপার পানপট্টি ইউনিয়নের জেলে মজিবর রহমান জানান, এ বছর এখন পর্যন্ত সাগরে ইলিশ ধরা পড়ছে না। এ কারণে যেসব জেলে ইলিশ শিকারের জন্য সাগরে যাচ্ছেন, মৌসুমের শুরুতেই তাঁদের মোটা অঙ্কের লোকসান গুনতে হচ্ছে।
রাঙ্গাবালীর উত্তরচালিতাবুনিয়া গ্রামের জেলে হাবিব মুফতি জানান, সাগরে ইলিশ ধরার জন্য মাঝারি আকারের একটি ট্রলার সাজাতে ১২-১৪ লাখ টাকা খরচ হয়। এ বছর তিনি নতুন করে একটি ট্রলার বানিয়েছেন। ইতিমধ্যে সাত-আটবার সাগরে গিয়ে জাল ফেলেছেন। কিন্তু ইলিশের দেখা মেলেনি। তিনি বলেন, ‘একেকবার সাগরে গিয়ে জাল ফেলতে ৩০-৩৫ হাজার টাকা খরচ হয়। অথচ প্রতিবারই ইলিশ ধরা পড়ছে ৩০-৪০টি।’
চালিতাবুনিয়ার আরেক জেলে মো. পারভেজ বলেন, ‘আমাদের আগের যে ২০০ নটিক্যাল মাইল সমুদ্রসীমা ছিল এর ঠিক বাইরেই লাশা-জাল ফেলা হচ্ছে। এতে শুধু ইলিশই নয়, সব ধরনের মাছই ধরা পড়ছে। মিয়ানমার ও ভারতের জেলেরা এসব মাছ ধরে নিয়ে যাচ্ছেন।’
রাঙ্গাবালীর গঙ্গীপাড়া গ্রামের লোকমান হোসেন জানান, তিনি সাগরে জাল ফেলে দুই দিন আগে এলাকায় ফিরেছেন। তিনি যে পরিমাণ মাছ পেয়েছেন, তাতে ট্রলারের তেল খরচের টাকাও ওঠেনি। তিনি বলেন, ‘ভারতীয় জেলেরা লাশা-জাল দিয়ে ইলিশ শিকার করেন, এটা আমরা আগে কখনো দেখি নাই। তাঁদের ওই জালে ঠিকই ইলিশ ধরা পড়ছে। কিন্তু আমরা ইলিশ পাই না।’
জানতে চাইলে গলাচিপা উপজেলা মৎস্য কর্মকর্তা কামরুল ইসলাম প্রথম আলোকে বলেন, ‘আমাদের ধারণা ছিল, এ বছর জুলাইয়ের শুরু থেকেই সাগরে ইলিশ ধরা পড়বে। কিন্তু এখন পর্যন্ত কোনো ইলিশ মিলছে না।’ এক প্রশ্নের জবাবে মৎস্য কর্মকর্তা বলেন, ‘ভারত, মিয়ানমার ও থাইল্যান্ডের জেলেরা অত্যাধুনিক নৌযান নিয়ে সাগরে মাছ শিকার করেন বিষয়টি আমরা জানি। তবে সাগরের বাংলাদেশ সীমান্তে বা সীমান্তের ভেতরে ঢুকে তিন স্তরের জাল ফেলে ইলিশসহ অন্যান্য মাছ আটকে দেওয়া সম্পর্কে আমাদের কোনো ধারণা নেই। জেলেরা এ বিষয়ে জেনেই অভিযোগ তুলেছেন বলে মনে হচ্ছে। এ ব্যাপারে সরকারের ঊর্ধ্বতন মহলের সিদ্ধান্ত নেওয়া উচিত বলে মনে করি।’
কোস্টগার্ড দক্ষিণাঞ্চলের অধিনায়ক সেলিম রেজা বলেন, ‘বঙ্গোপসাগরের সীমান্ত এলাকায় বা সীমান্তের অভ্যন্তরে ভারত ও মিয়ানমারের জেলেরা জাল ফেলছেন কি না, তা আমাদের জানা নেই। কারণ গভীর সমুদ্রে যাওয়ার মতো জলযান আমাদের কাছে নেই।’

Source: Prothom-alo http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2012-07-15/news/273787

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Utility agencies asked to take step in 7 days
ven though landslides claim lives every year, the number of houses at the feet or slopes of the hills keeps rising. The photo was shot in Matijhorna area of Chittagong recently. Photo: Anurup Kanti DasStaff Correspondent, Ctg

Utility service providers here have been directed to cut power, gas, and water supplies to people on risky hillsides in seven days to discourage habitation there.

The directive came from a meeting of divisional Hill Management Committee (HMC), formed in 2007 following a devastating landslide that left 127 people dead on June 11, 2007. The meeting was held at Chittagong city’s Circuit House yesterday.

On June 26, downpour and landslides left 114 people dead in Chittagong, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar.

High officials of government organisations, law enforcement agencies, and NGO representatives discussed the recent mudslides and took the action plans.

They directed Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd, and Power Development Authority to disconnect water, gas, and power lines to risky hillsides within the stipulated time.

The HMC also directed all government and private organisations that own the hills to file criminal cases against the land grabbers and those who would stand in the way during the next evacuation.

The meeting was addressed by Abdul Qayyum, national project director of Comprehensive Disaster Management Project (CDMP), as the chief guest, and Prof Masud Kamal of geology department of Dhaka University as the special guest.

The evacuation will continue as part of the committee’s short-term plan to prevent further deaths on the slopes in the monsoon.

At the meeting Md Abdul Qayyum said CDMP would assist the HMC with all technical and financial support.

“CDMP will help the committee in constructing guide walls, retaining walls, and in terms of slope management to save the hills, raising awareness among the people,” he added.

Prof Masud Kamal said, “Deaths in landslide are a manmade hazard since unplanned shantytowns are responsible for the deaths.”

He stressed the need for afforestation and land slope management to save the hills in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, and the hill tracts.

Fayez Ahmed, deputy commissioner of Chittagong, said district administration would provide Tk 1,000-1,200 for six months to low-income group people to encourage them to move to safer places.

He said owners of the hills should act responsibly and take steps so that no one could make new shanties on the hills.

Source:The Daily Star: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=240742

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From top: Flood water enters the villages through the damaged portion of Harindhara flood control dyke in Islampur upazila of Jamalpur; flood-damaged official files and documents of Lama upazila nirbahi officer’s office in Bandarban are spread on ground for drying, and a kid goes to school on a raft from the flood-hit Shaharabari area in Dhunat upazila of Bogra yesterday. Photo: Focus Bangla/ Banglar Chokh
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13 others die of drowning, lightning as downpour triggers floods in southeastern region
Army personnel and firemen try to recover bodies from the debris in Firozshah Colony of Khulshi area in Chittagong yesterday. Many died in mudslides Tuesday night in that colony. Inset, families mourn the deaths of loved ones. Photo: Anurup Kanti DasStar Report

The death toll in landslides due to heavy monsoon rains in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban rose to 85 yesterday.

At least 13 others were drowned by flash floods and struck by lightning in Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet over the last two days as a nonstop downpour battered the country’s southeastern region.

The number of casualties is feared to rise as scores went missing following multiple landslides and house collapse in the hill districts.

In landslide and house collapse, 36 died in Bandarban, 27 in Cox’s Bazar and 22 in Chittagong, officials in the respective district administrations told The Daily Star.

As of Tuesday, the death toll was 15 in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar alone.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and House Speaker Abdul Hamid in parliament expressed deep shock at the deaths.

“We are deeply shocked. The House expresses its deep condolences to the bereaved family members of those who perished in the landslides,” the Speaker said.

As the death roll rose by the hour, rescue operations were intensified with army troops joining the salvage efforts yesterday.

Following the daylong downpour, all domestic and international flight operations to and from Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport were declared suspended at 4:30pm on Tuesday as the runway, like much of the port city, went under knee-deep to waist-deep water.

Flight operations were to resume at 5:00am today, according to civil aviation authorities.

Train services on the Dhaka-Chittagong route were also cut off as a railway bridge at Bhatiari collapsed around 8:00pm on Tuesday, presumably due to the downpour.

The government has allocated Tk 10 million and 1,450 tonnes of rice for the affected people in Chittagong, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazaar, Feni, Sylhet, Habiganj and Moulvibazar, according to a press release of the food and disaster management ministry.

In addition, local administrations in Chittagong, Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Feni and Sylhet have distributed 172 tonnes of rice and Tk 7 lakh among the victims.

The ministry is monitoring the rescue operations and the latest situation in the affected areas.

CHITTAGONG
Our Chittagong bureau office reports that 18 people, including women and children, have died in the port city, three in Banshkhali upazila and one in Hathazari upazila.

Five members of a family were buried alive after a huge chunk of earth fell on their hillside home at the city’s Biswa Colony on Tuesday, said Abdul Latif, officer-in-charge of Khulshi Police Station.

In the city’s Motka Ghona area, two sisters aged seven and eight died in a landslide on Tuesday evening.

Six people, including two two-year-old girls, were killed at Yasin Colony under Khulshi Police Station.

“I somehow managed to come out of my house. But my wife and two-year-old daughter were buried under mud as huge chunks of earth fell on my house,” said Mizanur Rahman of Yasin Colony.

His daughter died instantly. His wife survived but was fighting for her life at Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

Twenty four members of the Bangladesh Army were conducting rescue operations in the area.

Captain Gazi Md Maksud-ur-Rahim, who led the operation, told The Daily Star they recovered three bodies from 7 to 8 feet under the earth.

Three young members of a family were buried under mud on Tuesday night at Banshkhali upazila in Chittagong. The victims are Shahidul Islam, 12, Khorsheda Begum, 8, and Fatema Begum, 4.

Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kawser Ani died in a wall collapse at Chikandandi union under Hathazari upazila.

The incident happened when a roadside demarcation wall fell on her amid ceaseless rain while she was passing through around 6:00pm, said Md Idris, a member of the Chikandandi union.

Eight-year-old Abul Hossain of Ambagan area in the city also died in a wall collapse on Tuesday night.

Four members of a family were buried alive at Andharmanik area of Khulshi in another incident of landslide on night. The dead are Jahanara Begum, 40, and her three children Subarna Akter, 19, Rabeya Akter, 13, and Tanvir Ahmed, 9.

Meanwhile, life in Chittagong started to return to normal yesterday as the rainwater receded in most of the areas. Power supply that was snapped in many areas on Tuesday for fear of accidents was also restored.

However, loading and unloading of cargoes at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port remained suspended due to bad weather, said Sayed Farhad Uddin, secretary of Chittagong Port Authority.

COX’S BAZAR
In Cox’s Bazar, 10 bodies were recovered from Ukhia, eight from Chakaria, seven from Ramu, five from Maheshkhali, three each from Cox’s Bazar sadar and Pekua and two from Kutubdia, said Abdul Mazid, district relief and rehabilitation officer.

He said 27 of them died in landslide, five in lightning while six people drowned.

BANDARBAN
Our Chittagong correspondent quoting Bandarban district administration officials reports that 27 people died in Bandarban’s Lama upazila and nine in Naikkhangchhari.

Most of them died on Tuesday night in landslides.

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