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4 children among 6 Rohingyas killed in landslides

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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4 children among 6 Rohingyas killed in landslides

At least six Rohingyas, including four children, were killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall in two camps in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar on Tuesday.

Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Shamsud Douza Nayan said the landslides occurred in camp No. 10 and 18 in the upazila’s Palong Khali Union. Several others were also injured during the disaster.

The deceased were identified as Dil Bahar, 26, Abdur Rahman, 2, Ayshea Siddika, 1, Dil Bahar, 42, and Shafiul Alam, 9.  Identity of another one could not be known immediately.

Thousands of houses of eight camps have been inundated by upstream water and landslides caused by heavy monsoon.

Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three as a low pressure area has formed over North Bay and adjoining area, according to a forecast of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to stay close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice, it said.

The axis of monsoon trough runs through Rajsthan, Horiyana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, the centre of the low to Assam across southern parts of Bangladesh. One of its associated troughs extends up to North Bay. Monsoon is active over Bangladesh and strong over North Bay.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is also likely to occur at most places over Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at many places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions with moderately heavy to heavy rainfalls at places over the country.