Date
20 August 2017
Rescue personnel in Khagrachari, Bangladesh carry a stretcher with a dead body following landslides triggered by heavy rain. Photo: Reuters
Rescue personnel in Khagrachari, Bangladesh carry a stretcher with a dead body following landslides triggered by heavy rain. Photo: Reuters

Bangladesh landslides death toll reaches 134

At least 134 people were killed in Bangladesh after landslides triggered by heavy rain buried hillside homes, officials said on Wednesday.

The landslides hit three hilly districts in the southeast early on Tuesday, killing 98 people in Rangamati, 30 in Chittagong and six in Bandarban, Reaz Ahmed, the chief of Bangladesh’s disaster management department, told Reuters.

The death toll could rise further as rescuers search for bodies, the official said, noting that many people are still missing.

“Rescue operations are being hampered by bad weather while authorities are still struggling to reach some remote areas,” Ahmed was quoted as saying.

The dead include four soldiers who had joined the rescue operation in Rangamati when another landslide occurred.

The latest fatalities came weeks after Cyclone Mora lashed Bangladesh’s southeast, killing at least seven people and damaging tens of thousands of homes.

In 2007, about 130 people were killed in a landslide in Chittagong in the southeast.

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