Heavy rains bury scores under landslides in Bangladesh

2017-06-13 14:33
Bangladeshi firefighters and residents search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban. (Stringer, AFP)

Bangladeshi firefighters and residents search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban. (Stringer, AFP)

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Dhaka - Heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 70 people in southeast Bangladesh, most of them buried under landslides, authorities said on Tuesday.

Police warned that the death toll would likely rise as emergency workers reached remote parts of the affected area, where telephone and transport links had been cut.

"The recovery work is still going on. The death toll could rise as many areas still remained cut off," the head of the Department of Disaster Management Reaz Ahmed said.

Ahmed said disaster response teams had been deployed to the affected areas to reinforce recovery work.

"We have not been able to reach many of the affected places. Once the rains are over, we'll get a full picture of the damage and get the recovery work in full swing," he said.

Many of the victims were from tribal communities in the remote hill district of Rangamati, close to the Indian border, where 24 people were killed when mudslides buried their homes.

"Some of them were sleeping in their houses on hillsides when the landslides occurred," district police chief Sayed Tariqul Hasan told AFP.

The latest disaster came weeks after Cyclone Mora smashed into Bangladesh's southeast, killing at least eight people and damaging tens of thousands of homes.

Monsoon rains in Bangladesh's southern hill districts frequently trigger deadly landslides.


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