Bangladesh: Landslides kill dozens in SE Bangladesh

14th Jun 2017
Bangladesh: Landslides kill dozens in SE Bangladesh

By Sorwar Alam

 

ANKARA (AA): More than 60 people have been killed in landslides triggered by torrential rain in southeastern Bangladesh, local media reported Tuesday.

The hilly districts of Rangamati, Bandarband and Chittagong were among the most affected areas.

The Dhaka-based Daily Star reported that 23 people were killed in Chittagong, 35 in Rangamati and seven in Bandarban.

The fatalities included women and children.

Also on Tuesday, four army officials were killed and 10 injured due to a landslide in Rangamati, said a statement by the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.

The team was clearing debris from a landslide in Manikchhari area, when another landslide occurred, Director ISPR Lt. Col. Rashedul Hasan told daily Dhaka Tribune.

Bangladesh experienced heavy downpour on Monday because of a depression formed in the Bay of Bengal.

[Archive photo: Flooding after 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh. Photo by Staff Sergeant Val Gempis/USAF/Commons Wikimedia]

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