134 die in Bangladesh heavy rain and landslides

Wednesday 14 June 2017 a week ago 33   Dhaka   Print

Rescue workers search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban.

Report  Web desk : CHITTAGONG: Heavy monsoon rains and landslides have killed at least 134 people in southeast Bangladesh, burying many in their homes as they slept, authorities said. Three young children from the same family were among those killed in the disaster, which comes just weeks after a cyclone battered the region and destroyed camps housing thousands of Rohingya refugees.Police warned the death toll would likely rise as emergency workers reached remote parts of the Chittagong Hills, where telephone and transport links had been cut. Manzurul Mannan, the government administrator of the worst-hit Rangamati district, said at least 98 people were killed in the hilly region alone. The death toll might rise, Mannan told media. At least 30 people were dead in neighbouring Chittagong and another six in Bandarban, officials told media, adding about 15 people were missing, feared buried under chunks of mud. (01)