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Landslide deaths

Editorial Comment

Wed, 13 Jun 2007
HILLS that once protected the port city of Chittagong from the fury of devastating cyclones have come down burying about 120 people alive following heavy downpour which measured little more than nine inches in 24 hours on Monday last. Many people including the key functionaries of the caretaker government have correctly pointed at years of mindless cutting down of the hills for creating plain lands for housing or taking soil for earth filling of low lying areas as the main cause of the disaster that has paralysed life in the second largest city of Bangladesh. Landslide is nothing new in hilly areas. But the scale of the present landslide has been the worst recorded in Bangladesh so far.

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