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Bandarban landslides kill four; overflowing Sangu snaps road communication

  • Published at 03:01 pm July 3rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:12 am July 4th, 2018
A woman has been killed in a landslide in Bandarban town’s Kalaghata area on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The district’s road connections with Rangamati and Chittagong have also been snapped

Four people, including three of a family, have been killed in landslides at Kalaghata’s Baruapara and Lama upazila’s Sarai union in Bandarban following two days of heavy rain.

Road communication between Bandarban and the rest of the country has also been cut off after the water level in Sangu River rose and flooded several areas of the district.

The deceased have been identified as Pratima Rani Das, 43, of the district town, and Md Hanif, 30, Rezia Khatun, 25, and Hanifa Aktar, 3, of Kalaiapara, Sarai.

Both incidents took place on Tuesday afternoon, said residents of the areas and local administration officials.

Pratima died after a chunk of earth from the hill adjacent to her house fell and buried it in the afternoon after heavy rainfall at Baruapara. 

Fire-fighters recovered her body after one hour clearing the mud and rubble.

Around the same time, Hanif, his wife and daughter were killed after a chunk of earth from the adjacent hill fell on their house and buried them at Sarai following heavy rain since the morning.

Locals, who recovered the bodies later, said all three were asleep when the landslide took place.

Confirming the deaths, Union Parishad Member Md Ashraf Ali said the house was about 200 yards away from the hill from which the landslide had originated. “This is surprising that a landslide would cover such a large area.”

Landslides, triggered by heavy monsoon rains and deforestation, are common in the hilly areas and claim many lives every year.

on Tuesday, Bandarban Municipality authorities also urged people living at the base of several hills to move to a safer place during the rain to avoid casualties from landslides.

Roads inundated

Meanwhile, the overflowing Sangu River has left the roads leading to Rangamati and Chittagong from Bandarban inundated.

The district’s road communication with Rangamati was cut off after a bailey bridge at Polupara went underwater on Tuesday.

Similarly, vehicular movement between Bandarban and Chittagong came to a halt after the road was flooded in Baidyapara area.

Hundreds of vehicles were seen stuck on these roads, causing much suffering to the commuters. 

In some areas, people used boats to commute on the flooded roads. 

The locals of Armypara, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Islampur, among other areas, were seen to move to safer places after these areas were left inundated.