Land­slides and floods kill 156

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

DHAKA/GUWA­HATI: Heavy rains have trig­gered a se­ries of land­slides and floods in Bangladesh and neigh­bour­ing north-east In­dia, killing at least 156 peo­ple over two days, and of­fi­cials warned yes­ter­day the toll could rise.

Densely pop­u­lated Bangladesh is bat­tered by storms, floods and land­slides ev­ery rainy sea­son. The lat­est ca­su­al­ties come weeks af­ter Cy­clone Mora killed at least seven peo­ple and dam­aged tens of thou­sands of homes.

Land­slides hit three hilly dis­tricts in Bangladesh’s south-east early on Tues­day, killing 100 peo­ple in Ranga­mati, 36 in Chit­tagong and six in Ban­dar­ban, said Reaz Ahmed, head of the depart­ment of disas­ter man­age­ment.

Ahmed said many peo­ple were still miss­ing in the land­slide-hit dis­tricts. The toll, which could rise as more bod­ies are found, in­cluded four sol­diers trapped by a land­slide dur­ing a res­cue op­er­a­tion in Ranga­mati, he added.

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