Published On: Tue, Jun 13th, 2017

Bangladesh landslides kill at least 42 after heavy downpour

At least 42 people were killed in landslides triggered by rains in Bangladesh, news agency PTI, quoting authorities, reported on Tuesday. A depression in the Bay of Bengal saw rains batter the hilly parts in the south. According to The Daily Star, 10 were killed in Rangamati, seven in Bandarban and eight in Chittagong. Among the deceased, several of them were women and children, the report added. Images from the region show rescue workers clearing the sludge. Several homes were destroyed in the landslides.

Monday’s inclement weather saw Dhaka and Chittagong inundated with rainwater. Chittagong district administration has formed two teams led by two executive magistrates to avoid further incidents of landslides. They will evict people living at risky spots near the hills.

The latest disaster came after Cyclone Mora smashed into Bangladesh’s southeast last month, killing at least eight people. In 2010, at least 53 were killed after heavy rains triggered landslides and floods in the south-east Bangladesh.

(The Indian Express)


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