As many as 12 people were killed after torrential rains triggered landslides in hill tract district of Rangamati and in Cox’s Bazar’s Maheshkhali, police said.
Eleven people including an infant died in landslides in two areas of Rangamati's Naniarchar Upazila while another died in Cox’s Bazar’s Maheshkhali.
In Naniarchar Upazila, landslides hit in Dhormochoron Para under Barighta union and Boropul Para under Sabekhong union.
The acting chairman of Naniarchar Upazila Quality Chakma said that a number of people were missing in Hatimara area.
The OC of Naniarchar Police Station Abdul Latif said, “Heavy rain triggered landslides in different areas. That is why the death toll is still unclear.”
The victims are Surendra Chakma, 55, Rajdebi Chakma, 50, Sonali Chakma, 14, Romel Chakma, 14 hailed from Boropul Para and Fuldebi Chaka, 55, Eti dewan, 19, Smriti Chakma, 23, and the infant Amar Dewan, 1.5 month hailed from Dhormochoron Para, Ripol Chakma, 14, Rita Chakma, 8, hailed from Hatimara and Brishketu Chakma, 60 of Khilachori, said the Naniarchar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Abdullah Al Mamun Talukder.
The district administration has announced immediate assistance to victims’ families.
“We will provide Tk 20,000 aid each for the victims’ family,” Deputy Commissioner AKM Mamunur Rashid said adding “Adequate relief has kept stored in all upazilas.”
"Police, army and local officials are working to relocate the residents from risky areas", he added.
Local met office recorded 254 millimetres rain in last 24 hours since Tuesday 6am.
In Cox’s Bazar’s Maheshkhali, 35-year-old Badshah Mia died in landslides at Panirchara area in the morning.
“The heavy downpours in the last couple of days caused the landslide. Badshah died after a pile of earth fell on his home but, other members of the family remained unhurt”, said Maheshkhali police OC Pradip Kumar Das.
Last year, during the monsoon, Bangladesh witnessed its most devastating series of landslides in a decade that left at least 120 people dead and 192 others injured in Rangamati.