Bangladesh Landslides Death Toll Rises to 134 After Heavy Rain

  • Bangladesh Landslides Death Toll Rises to 134 After Heavy Rain

Bangladesh Landslides Death Toll Rises to 134 After Heavy Rain

More than 100 people have died in Bangladesh after heavy rains triggered landslides in the country's hilly south-east, police and medical officials said on Tuesday.

The death toll in the landslides which hit south-east Bangladesh has touched 130, media reports said.

Of the 26 deaths in Chittagong, at least 22 people died in Rangunia upazila alone while the rest in Chandanaish.

The natural disaster left four army troopers killed and two others missing, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury, minister for disaster management and relief, told reporters in Dhaka.

Scores more were hurt and many remained missing. A fresh landslide today in Cox's Bazar has claimed 2 more lives.

At least 10 more army men were injured, five critically, in the Rangamati incident, according to an official statement.

In the past two days, heavy rains have triggered a deadly spate of landslides in southeastern Bangladesh. Twelve were killed in Chittagong, according to Ekattor TV.

Officials feared that the death toll could rise as rescuers find it hard to reach remote areas where telephone and transport links have remained cut. Specialized teams of fire servicemen and troops were mobilized to launch afresh the salvage drive.

Officials at the disaster management ministry said on Wednesday they allocated emergency food aid of 375 metric tons and taka 5,000,000 for the people in distress in Rangamati, Chittagong and Bandarban districts.

Four members of the Bangladesh Army, including two officers, are among the deceased in Rangamati, said the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR).

South Asia is frequently hit by flooding and landslides in the summer with the arrival of the annual monsoon rains.

In June 2007, some 123 people were killed in a devastating landslide in the Chittagong district.

Experts and environmentalists attributed the latest spell of landslides to illegal mining in the hills, which made them vulnerable to quick erosion during rains.

The incessant rainfall across the country was reportedly caused by a depression in the Bay of Bengal on Monday, which led to the Chittagong Hill Tracts being pelted by over 300 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours until Tuesday morning.

The rains and landslides come weeks after Severe Cyclonic Storm Mora damaged more than 20,000 homes in southeastern Bangladesh on May 30.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.