Rescue workers use an excavator to dig into the soil in search for survivors after a landslide killed at least four people while cutting hills in Naikhongchhari upazila in Bandarban Dhaka Tribune
Sona Meher, Md Abu, Nurul Hakim, and Jashim Uddin were killed in the incident which took place on Monday
At least four people have been killed and one injured in a landslide while cutting hills in Naikhongchhari upazila in Bandarban.
Sona Meher, Md Abu, Nurul Hakim, and Jashim Uddin were killed in the incident which took place around 12:30pm yesterday. All of them were aged between 20 and 25.
Ghumdhum Union Parishad Chairman AKM Jahangir Aziz confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.
He said the injured worker had been sent to Cox's Bazar for treatment.
Locals said the property where the incident took place was owned by one Rupayan Barua. The workers were cutting part of a hill to make a drain when a large chunk of earth collapsed and they were buried.
The four bodies have been recovered.
Naikhongchhari Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) SM Sarwar Kamal said the government would offer support for the families of the victims.
Landslides are frequent during monsoon in the hilly districts.
On June 13 last year, seven people were killed when hills collapsed on homes in the Kalaghata neighbourhod of Bandarban Sadar town.
On July 23, five pedestrians went missing when part of a hill fell on the Bandarban – Ruma Road in Dalian Para. In total, 13 lives were lost to landslides in the district last year.
Property is cheaper in the hilly districts, which often leads to poor families purchasing hill plots and building shanties along their sides. Their numbers are growing, and there are no apparent efforts by the government to relocate these families.
According to official records, in the three districts a total of 168 people were killed and 227 injured in landslides in 2017. The landslides destroyed 3,075 homes and 36,637 buildings were damaged.