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12 killed in Rangamati, Cox’s Bazar landslides

  • Published at 09:57 am June 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:01 am June 12th, 2018
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File photo of a landslide Dhaka Tribune

Nezarat Deputy Collector (NDC) of Rangamati Taposh Shil confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune

At least twelve people have been killed in landslides in different areas of Rangamati under Naniarchar upazila. 

The landslides occurred in: Islampur, Burighat, Amtoli, Hatimara, Borokulpara and Shitalpara and Saraipara areas in the early hours of Tuesday.

Rangamati Civil Surgeon Dr Shahid Talukder confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, saying: “The victims could not be identified as yet.”

He added that the death toll could increase.

Rangamati Fire Service and Civil Defence Deputy Director Didarul Alam told the correspondent: “We have dispatched two fire service teams to Naniarchar area.”

Zila Parishad Member Trijit Kanti Das confirmed that Rangamati has been cut off from the rest of the country due to debris on the roads caused by landslides.

Meanwhile, two people have been killed in landslides under the Maheshkhali and Ukhiya upazilas of Cox’s Bazar. 

One of the deceased is a Rohingya man named Mohammad Ali, 20. He was killed on the spot in a landslide in Jamtoli Rohingya camp,Ukhiya, around 7:30am. 

Ukhiya police station Officer-in-Charge Abul Khayer told the Dhaka Tribune: “Ali was inside his shelter when a tree, uprooted by the landslide, crashed into his shelter and killed him on the spot.”

Another victim of the landslide is Badsha Mia, 35, who lived in a local slum. He was inside his hut during the landslide in Panirchhara area of Maheshkhali.

Maheshkhali police station Officer-in-Charge Prodip Kumar Das confirmed the matter to the correspondent, saying the man died on the scene around 7am.