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Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

28 dead in landslides in southeastern Bangladesh

28 dead in landslides in southeastern Bangladesh

People including four troops were also killed in landslide. Landslides, triggered by heavy rains often cause death of people.

Earlier, Rangamati police officer Mohammad Shahidullah said the heavy rains were disrupting rescue operations. Military spokesman said several soldiers died while clearing the debris on a highway following the landslide.

In Bandarban, six people were killed and another five injured, police officer Rafiq Ullah was quoted as saying by the daily.

The minister said army troopers, members of the Fire Service and Civil Defence department and local volunteers have launched massive search in the remote hills as many civilians are still missing, added Chowdhury.

Rescue operations were underway but many remote areas were hard to reach, said Reaz Ahmed, a senior disaster management official.

The death toll touched 130 and could rise further as many people still remain buried under tonnes of rubble, media reports said.

In Dhaka, where traffic was severely affected by heavy rain, a ferry sank in the river Buriganga on Monday evening with an estimated 100 passengers aboard, police said.

At least 35 people died in Rangamati, 27 in Chittagong and seven in Bandarban, officials said.

A Rangamati district administration official who preferred to be unnamed said rescuers have retrieved 45 bodies in the district, some 391 km away from capital Dhaka.

The nation of 160 million people is often hit by cyclones, floods and landslides during the rainy season. Citizens in hilly regions usually ignore the warnings of the Bangladeshi authorities against constructing houses on slopes.

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