Addressing our issue with landslides

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It is a matter of dismay that over the past 17 years, the number of casualties from landslides have reached approximately 250.
Landslides in Bangladesh have had a devastating toll on both human lives and the fragile ecosystem. It is high time we address this issue head-on and take proactive measures to mitigate the losses.

First and foremost, we must recognize the gravity of the problem. Landslides have claimed hundreds of lives and caused extensive property damage. Families have been torn apart, livelihoods lost, and entire communities displaced. It is a humanitarian crisis that demands immediate attention.

To combat this threat effectively, a multi-pronged approach is necessary. The government must invest in advanced monitoring systems to predict potential landslide-prone areas accurately. Early warning systems can save lives by giving people ample time to evacuate. Moreover, investing in robust infrastructure is essential. Better roads, bridges, and drainage systems in hilly areas can reduce the risk of landslides and make evacuation smoother.

Raising awareness is another crucial step. Educating the public about the signs of impending landslides and teaching them how to respond can save lives. Communities should be encouraged to adopt sustainable land-use practices, such as afforestation and terracing, to stabilize slopes and reduce the likelihood of landslides.

What is disappointing is that while these measures have been known for a while, we are yet to see any improvements or implementation of plans. This must change and we must prioritize this issue immediately.

Landslides may continue to pose a severe threat to Bangladesh, claiming lives and causing untold suffering. However, with a comprehensive strategy that includes early warning systems, infrastructure development, community education, we can make our country safer and more resilient. It’s time to unite and confront this silent peril for the sake of our people and our land.

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