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20 June, 2017 12:26:01 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 June, 2017 10:08:58 AM
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‘Restoration of roads requires Tk 1,000cr’

Rangamati Landslide
RAFIQUL ISLAM AZAD with Rangamati correspondent Anwar Hossain
‘Restoration of roads requires Tk 1,000cr’

The authorities are yet to fully assess the loss of and damage to public and private properties due to the landslides that hit the three hill districts in south-eastern part of the country a week ago. The landslides left 117 dead in Rangamati district alone. The roads and highways department (RHD) has suffered the most in terms of losses and damage. “According to preliminary estimates, the department will need about Tk. 1,000 crore to restore the roads in the district,” said Emdad Hossain, executive engineer of the RHD. The additional district magistrate of Rangamati, Moazzem Hossain said yesterday (Monday) that they have started receiving accounts of losses and damage from different departments, but it would take a few days to submit a report on it. Hossain, who is also head of the assessment committee, said the committee received a report from the Power Division of a loss of Tk. 3 crore and a list of 1,000 affected people from the Rangamati Municipality. He hoped that they would be able to give the report on losses and damage within a few days.
The district administration formed the committee on Wednesday to assess losses and damage caused by the landslides in the district within a week. The deputy commissioner of Rangamati, Manzurl Mannan, said yesterday that it would take four to five more days to get the report. He was briefing reporters at the DC's office. He said the death toll in Rangamati due to landslides stood at 117. Three others are still remain missing.
Replying to a question, Mannan said about 1,700 families have so far taken refuge in shelter centres opened by the district administration and the number of people is about 2,900. The engineering corps of the Bangladesh Army and the RHD repaired the destroyed part of the Chittagong-Rangamati road at the Sapchhari point yesterday. They had to repair it thrice as rain washed it away repeatedly.
“We hope we can open a single lane of the road for small vehicles tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon,” said Maj. Md Sahriar Iftekhar, second-in-command of the 19 Engineering Construction Battalion of the Bangladesh Army. Emdad Hossain also said that they would be able to open the road for small vehicles. He further they are yet to restore the Rangamati-Khagrachhari and Rangamati-Kaptai roads. “Our priority is to restore the Chittagong-Rangamati road first,” he added.

 

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