Landslides triggered by heavy rains kill at least 35 in Bangladesh

  • Landslides triggered by heavy rains kill at least 35 in Bangladesh

Landslides triggered by heavy rains kill at least 35 in Bangladesh

Already the government has sent relief materials, including 500 tonnes of rice and Tk 12 lakh cash, to the affected areas.

Image: An aerial view showing the town half-submerged in floodwaters following landslides triggered by heavy rain in Khagrachari, Bangladesh, in this still frame taken from video June 13, 2017. Police and soldiers were struggling to deliver aid to the most remote areas.

There were reports of 10 people missing following the accident but a river police official told AFP all passengers had managed to swim ashore.

He added the most mudslides occurred in the night when people were asleep.

General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, chief of army staff, visited the spot and inspected the rescue operations. The army, fire service and law enforcing agencies are conducting rescue operations.

Also destruction of hills and trees over the years has made the hills risky, contributing to the disaster, said Reaz Ahmed, director general of the disaster management department. Many people in hilly regions ignore authorities' calls to avoid constructing homes on slopes.

A Rangamati district administration official who preferred to be unnamed said rescuers have retrieved 45 bodies in the district, some 391 km away from capital Dhaka. Eight died in Chittagong, Somoy TV station reported.

Commuters were seen being ferried by boats on many submerged roads.

In Bandarban, six people were killed and five others injured in landslides, police officer Rafiq Ullah was quoted as saying by the daily.

"But so far we can confirm only two deaths", he said.

Yesterday's depression in the Bay of Bengal played havoc with the weather all over the country and bringing about incessant rainfall all day long.