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13 June, 2018 12:23:00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 June, 2018 01:26:26 PM
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12 killed in Rangamati, Cox’s Bazar landslides

500 families evacuated in Ctg
Staff Reporter, Ctg
12 killed in Rangamati, Cox’s Bazar landslides

At least 12 people, including four of a family, were killed and three injured in separate incidents of landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Rangamati and Cox’s Bazar districts yesterday. Among them, 11 were killed and three injured in Naniarchar upazila under Rangamati district in three separate incidents at Darmachandpara, Boro Poolpara, and Hatimara, while one was killed at Moyeshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar district.

Owing to a deep convection over the North Bay and adjoining coastal areas, the country is experiencing heavy showers over the past three days.

Surendra Lal Chakma, 48, his wife Rajjo Debi Chakma, 45, and their daughter Sonali Chakma, 9, and their boy Rumen Chakma, 12, were killed at Boro Poolpara. Phul Devi Chakma, Ety Chakma and a two-year-old child were killed in Darmachandpara. Rita Chakma and Riten Chakma were identified among the dead in Hatimara area.

The identity of the rest of the victims could not be known immediately.  

“In the morning, 11 people were killed and three were injured at Naniarchar upazila due to landslides triggered by incessant rain. The incidents occurred in remote hilly areas.

The bodies of the dead were recovered and the injured given treatment,” said Shafi Kamal, additional deputy commissioner (General) of Rangamati district.

“We offered the victims’ families Tk. 20,000 and 30 kg rice as immediate aid. We're still using loudspeakers in every upazila of Rangamati district to warn people about the danger of living on risky hill slopes. We're urging them to move to safer places,” he added.

“The local administration and the Bangladesh Army in a joint operation rescued the victims. The injured people returned home after getting primary treatment,” said Abdullah Al Mamun Talukder, upazila nirbahi officer of Naniarchar upazila.

At Panirchara of Moyeshkhali upzila in Cox’s Bazar district, the deceased was identified as Badsha Mia, 35, who was buried alive around 6am under a mud slip.

Maheshkhali Police Station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar Das said: “adsha was buried under mud that had fallen on him. On receiving information, we rushed to the spot and recovered the body. Later, the body was handed over to his family. The district administration offered Tk. 20,000 to the victim's family for his funeral.”

Last year, a series of devastating landslides claimed the lives of at least 170 people. As many as 120 of them were killed in Rangamati district alone. Experts blame reckless hill cutting and deforestation as the main reasons for landslides in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Jahangir Alam, former vice-chancellor of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, blamed rampant tree felling and hill cutting for the landslides in the region.

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