Published: Friday, May 10, 2013

Govt to rehouse Ctg hill residents during monsoon: DC

The district administration will house people living in the hills of Chittagong city in plain land for the three months of the rainy season when the risk of landslides is very high.
Several hundred poor families will be evacuated to tents in the nearby open fields and schools, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Mannan said yesterday.
In this regard, a thirteen-member committee of representatives of relevant government agencies was formed at a meeting at the DC office yesterday.
The DC said the team would visit the risky hills and select the rehabilitation sites tomorrow. Tents will be installed within the next three days, he added.
Mannan said initially the administration would distribute around 150 tents, each with a capacity of housing a family of four. Three hundred more will arrive later, he added.
“After making the shelters, we will ask the families to evacuate the risky hills. If they did not comply, we would force them to move out,” the DC said.
In the past, the authorities concerned only asked the families to evacuate but did not ensure alternative housing arrangement for them, so it did not work, he said.
Landslides in Chittagong hills killed 28 people last year. The death toll from the accident was 17 in 2011, 11 in 2008 and 127 in 2007.