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At Least Eight Dead, Two Missing in Landslides in Bangladesh

DHAKA – At least eight people have died, two are missing and one has been injured in landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in southeastern Bangladesh, officials told EFE on Tuesday.

“So far we have the news of eight dead in landslides in three spots. Another two to three people remained missing and one people have been rescued injured,” Rangamati district administrator AKM Mamunur Rashid told EFE.

The authorities have opened 21 shelters in the district, he added.

A spokesperson of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, Ruhul Kuddus, told EFE that in Rangamati at 6:00 am, rainfall of up to 214 millimeters (8.4 inches) had been recorded in the last 24 hours.

More rainfall is forecast over the next two to three days although with reduced intensity, according to Kuddus.

Rangamati was the area worst affected by torrential rainfall and landslides in Bangladesh in June last year and around 120 people of the 170 people killed throughout the country were in this district.

Deforestation, lack of planning and land predation are some of the reasons landslides occur every year in Bangladesh during the monsoon season.

According to the non-governmental organization Disaster Foundation, 335 people died between 2007-2016 in Bangladesh due to landslides.

 

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