Mudslide kills 134 in three districts

Dead include four army personnel, scores injured, many missing

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jun 14,2017 | Updated: 02:03, Jun 14,2017


Fire fighters and residents search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban on Tuesday. — AFP photo

At least 134 people, including four army personnel, were killed in incidents of landslides caused by heavy downpour in Chittagong, Rangamati and Bandarban on Tuesday.

Rangamati district relief and rehabilitation officer Bishwanath Majumder said 98 people died in district and 77 people were injured.

The control room of disaster management department at Chittagong put the death figure in the district 30 and while six more people died in Bandarban. Nine people suffered injury in Chittagong, according to an official of the control room.

Keranihat-Bandarban Road remains inundated by flash flood caused by torrential rain, hampering road communication with the district. The photo was taken on Tuesday. — New Age photo

According to Rangamati district relief and rehabilitation officer Majumder the death toll could raise as they are yet to gather information from many areas due to communication disruption by heavy rains.

Inter-services public relations director general Lieutenant Colonel Rashidul Hasan said two military officers and two soldiers died while clearing a road near Manikchari in Rangamati.
He said one more military personnel still remain missing and ten more injured members were rescued.

In addition to the figure, two Ansar members were killed, said Rangamati additional superintendent of police.

Major Tanvir Saleh of Rangamati region army headquarters said army personnel were engaged to clear the Rangamati-Chittagong Road beside the Manikchhari checkpoint while another landslide occurred around 10:30am.

The army members — Major Mahfuz, Captain Tanvir, Corporal Aziz, and Sepoy Shahin — died on the spot, he added.

Besides, dozens were injured due to the landslides at places including Police Lines, Juba Unnayan, Bhedbhedi, Manikchhari army camp areas in Rangamati town and Kaptai upazila, our correspondent reports.

Fire service, army, police and locals were conducting rescue operations in the affected areas in the district.

Reaz Ahmed, the director of Disaster Management Department, a total of 21,00 were evacuated in two to 24 shelter centres in Bandarban and Rangamati district.

No people was evacuated in Chittagong but people, living on base of hills, were told to move to the safe place, he said.

The situation worsened as power supply was cut off since early Monday in the district, he added.

According to the met office, 343 mm rainfall was recorded in the district till 6:00am in previous 24 hours. Chittagong experienced a total of 222 millimetre rains.

The districts of southern Bangladesh often suffer the effects of monsoon and tropical cyclones at this time of year, which has often resulted in catastrophes that have claimed a great deal of lives, despite government attempts to regulate the construction and placement of homes. 

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