Landslides death toll reaches 125

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 13 Jun 2017, 23:21:55

Landslides death toll reaches 125

Landslides death toll reaches 125
At least 125 have died after heavy rain triggered landslides in three hill districts of southeastern Bangladesh, reports

Four soldiers were among the victims whose bodies were recovered in rescue operations, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief's control room in Dhaka on Tuesday night.

The highest casualty is in Rangamati district where 88 people have died, said GM Abdul Quader, a deputy secretary at the ministry.

Thirty people died in Chittagong district. Among them, 22 were buried under mud and the rest were crushed under trees.

Six died in Bandarban district, according to an official count.

However local officials said seven people died in remote Bandarban.

In an earlier press conference, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said around 4,000 people had been moved to 18 shelters set up by the government.

Reports said scores of people were injured and the death toll could rise.

According to the Inter Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR), four army personnel were killed in the landslide that hit them during a rescue operation in Rangamati.

The dead are identified as Major Mahfuzul Hoque, Captain Tanvir Salam Shanto, Aziz, a corporal, and Shahin, a soldier.

Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya announced the names at a media briefing at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

One soldier was still missing while ten have suffered injuries in the incident that took place near an army camp at Manikchhari at 9am on Tuesday.

"They were working to clear the Chittagong-Rangamati Highway blocked by mud from earlier landslides when another hit them," Kotwali police OC Md Rashid said.

The roads connecting Chittagong to Rangamati, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar snapped at night as water rushed downhill.

Army, Fire Service and Civil Defence and police personnel are currently conducting rescue operations in the area.

Seasonal rains cause landslides and casualties every year.

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