More landslides from rain feared

Afforestation in hilly areas needed

Published : 30 Jul 2021 08:38 PM | Updated : 31 Jul 2021 12:49 AM

The persistent rain around the country over the past few days due to light depression is likely to have a bad impact as more landslides are feared in the hilly regions.

Experts opined that there was a risk of heavy rains in many parts of the country, especially in the southwestern part, due to the light depression. Stormy winds may blow in the coastal areas. For this reason, squally weather may affect the maritime ports. Hence, the maritime ports and the rivers ports were asked to hoist cautionary signals.

According to a report published in this daily on Friday, six people including five minor siblings were killed in landslides triggered by rains in Teknaf and Maheshkhali upazilas of Cox’s Bazar early on Wednesday. 

Afforestation will not only reduce 

landslide risks but also will save 

us from other natural disasters

Considering the situation, necessary steps are needed to be taken by the authorities concerned so that undesirable incidents like this do not occur in the coming days.

It is now time for the government to make enduring rehabilitation of the people whose houses are defenceless against landslides. As there is still a high risk of landslides, people who are vulnerable to landslides should be instantly shifted to safe shelters. 

More trees should be planted on hills and permanent stopping of hill cutting must be safeguarded as well by building fences. Afforestation will not only reduce landslide risks but also will save us from super-cyclones or other natural disasters.