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14 Jun 2017   04:31:52 AM   Wednesday BdST A- A A+ Print this E-mail this

130 people including 4 soldiers killed in Bangladesh hillslides

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At least 130 people were killed, including four armymen, in landslides from denuded hills in Chittagong hill districts amid incessant rain till Tuesday, in one of the worst such tragedies in the region.

 

The death toll could rise further, officials said.

Scores more were hurt and many remained missing.

Media reports said the landslide happened due to too much rain in a short time. Also destruction of hills and trees over the years has made the hills risky, contributing to such calamity.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts saw over 300mm rainfalls in 24 hours till Tuesday morning. Chittagong alone experienced 222mm rain during the period that saw cloudburst.

Much of the low-lying areas of the hill districts went under water.

Many people remained in their small homes at the foothills, despite warnings by the local administrations, sources said.

The district administrations opened a number of makeshift shelter homes for people evacuated and rescued from some 20 landslide spots.  

The four army members died after being struck by a landslide from an adjacent hill while trying to clear a road in Rangamati`s Manikchhari around 11:00am Tuesday.

 

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