Landslide death toll rises to 156

Dhaka,  Sat,  22 July 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 11:35:04
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Landslide death toll rises to 156

The death toll from landslides in five southeastern districts has risen to 156 as rescue operation ended in Rangamati, the worst-hit among the five districts.

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, including 33 women and 35 children, 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.

According to officials, people affected by the landslides in the district were being given food and treatment at 17 shelters opened in Rangamati.

DC Manzarul said more people were being taken to the shelters because fresh rains have raised possibilities of more landslides.

The families of the dead were being given Tk 20,000 and rice. The injured people were getting Tk 5,000 and rice, according to bdnews24.com.
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