At least 152 people including several officers and members of the army have been killed in landslides triggered by torrential rain in Rangamati, Bandarban, Chittagong, Khagrachhari and Cox’s Bazar districts.
110 dead in Rangamati
As of 2:22pm on Thursday, 110 people were reported dead in Rangamati alone. Several army officers and soldiers are among the victims of the landslides in the district.
Confirming the death toll, Rangamati Fire Service Deputy Assistant Direction Didar Alam said: “We have recovered the body of missing solider Md Azizur Rahman and two others till the afternoon.
"A total of 110 bodies have been recovered so far.”
Bodies of four other members of the army--Major Mohammad Mahfuzul Haq, Captain Md Tanvir Salam Shanto, Corporal Mohammad Azizul Haq and soldier Md Shahin Alamwere-- were recovered on Tuesday.
10 others army men were also injured in the landslide in Rangamati’s Manikchhari.
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Landslide on early Tuesday, June 13, 2017; devastates several households in Rangamati district Dhaka Tribune
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director Lt Col Rashedul Hasan told the Dhaka Tribune that an army team of 16 members was clearing mud of landslide from a link road in Manikchhari in the morning when another landslide occurred around 11am.
“Four army men have been killed and 10 others suffered injuries in the incident. Another army man is still missing,” he added.
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Of the deceased in Rangamati, 11 were identified as Sultana Begum, Un Ching Marma, 32, her daughter Mithui Marma, 12, Ruma Aktar, Nuri Aktar, Johra Begum, Sonali Chakma, Amit Chakma, Ayush Mallik, Liton Mallik, and Chumki Das.
Rangamati Sadar Hospital’s Civil Surgeon Dr Shaheed Talukdar and Additional Deputy Commissioner Abu Shaheed Chowdhury confirmed the number of causalities to the Dhaka Tribune.
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Rescue workers search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Associated Press via AFP
The district administration will make a list of the affected families and provide financial aids as per the list, Nezarat Deputy Collector (NDC) Taposh Shil told the Dhaka Tribune.
Members of fire service, army and police are conducting rescue operations.
The district administration has asked people living in risky hill areas to move to safer places.
An emergency monitoring cell has been opened at the deputy commissioner’s office.
32 killed in Chittagong
Landslides killed 33 people in Rangunia, Chandanaish, Banshkhali and Raozan upazilas of Chittagong.
The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Rafiqul Hassan Bhuiyan, office assistant of district administration office’s Control room, told the Dhaka Tribune: “Thirty-three deaths have been reported in the district till Wednesday morning.”
Chandanaish police station Officer-in-Charge Farid Uddin said the incidents took place in Shamakchhari and Chandainna – remote areas of the upazila.
Chittagong district administration has formed two teams led by two executive magistrates to avoid further incidents of landslides. They will evict people living at risky spots near the hills.
The district administration said it would allocate Tk25,000 and Tk5,000 for the the families of the deceased and the injured respectively.
In Chittagong city, three others were killed in a wall collapse and lightning.
Six others die in Bandarban
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Bangladeshi fire fighters and residents search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban on June 13, 2017 AFP
In Bandarban, six people were killed and five others injured in landslides in on early Tuesday, sadar police station chief Rafiq Ullah told the Dhaka Tribune.
Balaghata, Lemujhiri Para and Agapara areas were hit by landslides around 2:30am, locals said.
The deceased are Reba Tripura, 24, Lota Borua, 7, Mia Borua, 5, Shubho Borua, 4, Kamrun Nahar, 40, and Supriya Begum, 8.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their deep shock at the loss of lives in the fatal landslide.
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A man carries the carcass of a goat as rescuers search amid the mud after a landslide in Bandarban, Bangladesh, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Dhaka Tribune
Father and daughter killed in Cox’s Bazar
A man and his daughter were killed in a landslide at Shatghoriapara village under Teknaf upazila early Wednesday.
The deceased are Mohammad Selim, 40, and his three-year-old daughter Tushi.
Confirming the matter, Huaikong Union Parishad Chairman Nur Ahmed Anwari said the incident took place around 3am due to heavy rain.
Teknaf UNO Md Jahid Hossain Siddique said the district administration will give Tk40,000 for the burial of the duo.
Two killed in Khagrachhari
Two persons were killed and seven others injured in Lakshmichhari upazila in Khagrachhari during a landslide caused by torrential rain on Tuesday.
The bodies of the deceased were recovered on Wednesday morning.
The injured seven were receiving treatment at Lakshmichhari Health Complex.
The deceased are- Parimal Chakma, 30, a resident of Bormachhari’s Fotyachhara, and Kalendri Chakma, 45, a resident of Boroitoli area’s Holudyapara.
Zahid Iqbal, upazila nirbahi officer of Lakshmichhari, said heavy rain and landslide caused the deaths and injuries.
“We will help the victims in every possible way,” he added.