Landslides block a traffic motor road on western Burma border

Dhaka: The traffic road on western Burma’s border connecting Buthidaung and Maungdaw has been blocked since yesterday by landslides after non stop heavy rain in the area, said residents from Maungdaw.

Some parts of Maungdaw which is located on  western Burma’s border have been waterlogged after heave rain without break. Maungdaw is also the town where the violent unrest started in Arakan State,

The resident said, “Transportation has stopped between Buthidaung and Maungdaw since yesterday after the road was blocked. People are finding it difficult to travel between the two towns due to road blocking.”

The road is the only one in western Burma to commute between Buthidaung and Maungdaw, as well as to connect with Bangladesh through land .

The situation of Maungdaw has worsened due to shortages of essentials like rice and salt after the road was blocked. The prices of essential goods have recently increased after sectarian violence in the area.

“ Commodities prices are sky rocketing just after the sectarian violence in the area. People in Maungdaw are suffering. Everybody worries prices are going to go up again and again.”

The refugees of recent sectarian violence who are sheltering in Monasteries and schools are also suffering from heavy rain due to a lack of accommodation and food.

In Bangladesh’s site close to the Burmese border there are many areas waterlogged by non stopped heavy rain.

According to Bangladesh television news, at least 29 people were killed and many are missing in this heavy downpour so far but most people were killed by landslides.

Many bridges collapsed and damaged between Chittagong and Coxsbazar road and the rail communication in the southern part of Bangladesh has also stopped. Flights in Chittagong and Coxsbazar have also been cancelled. Over one lakh people have been marooned as the flood situation worsens, said many reports of Bangladesh media.