Landslide death toll rises to 156

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 16 Jun 2017, 19:26:18 | Updated : 16 Jun 2017, 20:17:24

Landslide death toll rises to 156

Landslide death toll rises to 156
The army and fire service had been conducting searches for victims alongside local volunteers after heavy rains triggered landslides in the remote hill district. 

The announcement to end the three-day operation was made by Rangamati Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Manzarul Mannan at a media conference at 5:45pm on Friday.

Rangamati had the highest number of casualties at 110, according to the disaster management ministry control room in Dhaka.

Chittagong suffered 23 deaths, Bandarban six, Cox's Bazar two and Khagrhachharhi one.

In Chittagong, 14 more people died in flash floods, or after being hit by fallen tree or wall, or lightning strike.

The fire service, army, police, district administration, Roads and Highways Division and Power Division launched the rescue operations in the five districts after the landslides started on Monday night.

Speaking at the conference, DC Manzarul blamed global climate change for the disaster.    

"It's unfortunate. The landslides were a natural calamity. Global climate change and heavy rains caused those," he said.

"This a lesson for us. We will be alert in the future," he added.

He said all the government and private bodies and organisations of local people volunteered in the rescue operations along with the fire service and army.
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