CHATTOGRAM: At least 12 people were killed in separate landslides triggered by heavy rains in Rangamati and Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday morning.
Police said 11 people, including four of a family, died in landslides in Rangamati and another in Cox’s Bazar.Police recovered 11 bodies from the spots of landslides in Rangamati, said Abdul Latif, officer-in-charge of Naniarchar police station.
The OC expressed the fear that the death toll from the landslides might rise further, as searches for the missing people were going on.
Members of the Fire Service and Civil Defense conducted rescue operation.
Huge chunks of mud collapsed on a flimsy dwelling at Dharmocharon Karbaripara in Naniarchar upazila, leaving four of a family dead.
The four were identified as Surendra Lal Chakma, his wife Debi Chakma, daughter Sonali Chakma and son Rumen Chakma.
Besides, landslides killed two each of two families in Borokulpara, two in Hatimara and one in Mantala areas, the police officer said.Four of the deceased were identified as Rita Chakma, Riten Chakma, Fulo Chakma and Eti Chakma.
In another development, a young man died when a chunk of mud fell down on him at his home at Panirchhara of Moheshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar.
The deceased was identified as Badsha Miah.
Incessant rain started on Sunday morning, submerging many lowlands in Chattogram, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar. Many dwellers are facing landslide risks.
Sources said the road communications of Chattogram with Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari were disrupted as many points of roads went under rain water.
No vehicle plied Chattogram-Rangamati highway which went under knee-deep water, said Mujibur Rahman, in charge of Nazirhat highway police outpost in Chattogram.
Hundreds of people were marooned by flash floods in different places of Chattogram, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar.
The waterlogged areas were Agrabad Access Road, Halishahar Housing Estate, Shantibag, Boropole, Beparipara, Bakolia, Port Connecting Road, Sholoshahar, Chawk Bazar, Kapasgola, Badurtala, Probortak Morr, C&B Colony, Chandgaon, Bohoddarhat and Kaptai Raster Matha.
On June 13 last year, 164 people were killed in landslides in Chattogram, Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar.