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Death toll from Bangladesh landslides rises to 134 after heavy rain

June 14, 2017

 

DHAKA

Some 134 people have lost their lives in Bangladesh when landslides caused by heavy rain buried hillside homes.

 

In Rangamati, 98 people were lost,  30 in Chittagong and six in Bandarban all in the southeast region of the country. 

 

Reaz Ahmed, head of the department of disaster management said the death toll could rise further as rescuers search for bodies and many people are still missing. 

 

"Rescue operations are being hampered by bad weather while authorities are still struggling to reach some remote areas," Ahmed said.

 

The dead include four soldiers who had joined the rescue operation in Rangamati when another landslide occurred burying them under the mud.

 

The latest fatalities came weeks after Cyclone Mora lashed Bangladesh's southeast, killing at least seven people and damaging tens of thousands of homes.

 

In 2007, about 130 people were killed in a landslide in Chittagong.  Densely populated Bangladesh is battered by storms, floods and landslides every rainy season.

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