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490 families evicted from hillpockets

Civic life in Port City paralysed due to heavy rainfall, hill side feared, dwellers panicked

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Miking of Chattogram District Administration continuing in hillside areas in the city to remove pegle from risky hill-pocket slums on very day of Sunday last following the heavy downpour .

Chattogram Bureau :

Civic life in the port city completely paralysed following the three days  incessant rainfall accompanied with gusty wind . All types of  road expansion works, water-logging project work remain stranded  . All khals, drains over flowed   and hence  transportation  in low lying and under constructed areas  became  stranded .   The  heavy  incessant  torrential rainfall  in Chattogram and its adjoining districts  inundated the  all  low  lying areas of the port city . the dwelling houses in these areas including kutcha and semi pucca houses and ground floors of the residential buildings gone under  waist  deep  water .
 The  house hold utensil  in the shanties flown away with the current of water  Kitchen markets of Chowkbazar, Bahaddarhat,Bibirhat, Halishahar, Baizid , Reazuddin Bazar , and whole sale markets of Chaktai , Khatungonj  completely submerged  on ground floor caused heavy loss of the whole sale grocery market. Following the inundation of ground floor, the godowns of essential commodities suffered severe loss . The speed of rain was severe nature after midnight as such the  godown owners and wholesales of  essentials could not imagine the losses during night time. The footpath venders so installed temporarily on the occasion of   Eid  shopping  badly damaged with the cyclonic storm and gusty wind accompanied with heavy downpour.  
A number of sources said the Eid shoppers of  the low lying areas could not return their homes  before Sehri due to rain and submerged  situation. Maritime ports of Chattogram hoisted cautionary signal no.3 until further orders. According Patenga  office,  Chattogram experienced  205 milimeter rainfall  during  the night. The prevailing water-logging of Chattogram turn unbearable  following the new seasonal rainfall.
Conscious circle  observes  the city  resident face more sufferings of water-logging than earlier because of  non implementation of water-logging project before rainy season. In the meantime, district administration  asked the hiill pocket dwellers of Motijharna, Baizid, Amin jute mills, Battalihills, to leave from hill pocket areas  fearing hill slide by this seasonal rain.
Heavy rainfaill recorded  in three hill districts  of Rangamati Band Arban and Khagrachari. Rangamati district experienced ever highest rainfall of 262 milimeter  during last twenty four hours, met office sources said. Almost areas of   Raozan, Fatikchari, Rangunia, Boalkhali upazilas adjoining  hill districts   submerged  with flash flood water and the lowlying areas of these upazilas worst affected than any such situation earlier. Out of the adjoining upazilas, Raozan badly affected . The road communications snapped on Chattagram-Rangamati and Bandarban road due to damage of bridge and  road over flowed .
 The sorrow  famous   Dabua embankment in Raozan broken and one bridge on Moulana Dost Mohammad road  towards Fatikchari totally damaged due to heavy downfall flash flood water from upstream.
Conscious quarters  observed lack of proper water-logging project work,  half done bridge constructions in different points of the city  and   non-cleaning of khals and drains , this severe situation arised. Some quarter opined due to tussle  between City corporation and CDA  over the city development and  canals excavation programs , this worst water logging situation created caused  unbearable sufferings of the city dwellers.

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