Death toll in Bangladesh landslides rises to 132

Heavy rain landslides kill 134 in Bangladesh

Heavy rain landslides kill 134 in Bangladesh

Heavy rains have triggered a series of landslides and floods in Bangladesh and neighbouring northeast India, killing at least 156 people over two days, and officials warned on Wednesday the toll could rise.

"Rescue operations are being hampered by bad weather while authorities are still struggling to reach some remote areas", Ahmed said.

The army said thousands of troops stationed in the affected districts as part of efforts to quell a long-running tribal insurgency had joined the rescue efforts.

The disaster comes in the wake of Cyclone Mora that battered the same region barely two weeks ago, triggering flooding that left more than 50,000 homes damaged or destroyed in Cox's Bazar, Chittagong and Bandarban and affected around 3.3 million people.

Torrential rains since Sunday night, triggered by a low in the Bay of Bengal, have caused landslides in Bangladesh's hill districts leaving as many as 133 people dead.

"People called us from several places saying people had been buried". Numerous victims in the hilly district lived in poor tribal communities, and were buried in their homes while sleeping.

Following the incident, General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, the Chief of Army Staff, visited the area to inspect rescue operations.

"The situation forced us to demolish a protection embankment against tidal surges as it appeared to be obstructing drainage inundating homes and roads", a city corporation official said.

"The soldiers were sent to clear roads hit by a landslide in Manikchhari town when they were buried by a second landslide", armed forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Rashidul Hassan said. Heavy rains triggered landslides that killed dozens in southeast Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday, as.

In the Indian states of Mizoram and Assam, which border Bangladesh, at least 11 people were killed as incessant rains flooded major cities.

Although heavy rainfall during monsoon season and natural erosion have been known to trigger landslides in the affected areas, the United Nations resident coordinator noted that "human intervention, including deforestation and the flattening of hillsides for construction, may have contributed to making the region more vulnerable to mudslides".

The disaster management officials earlier said over 4,000 people were moved to different government shelters as the landslides ravaged their homes or they were exposed to danger of fresh such mudslides. At least 10 others died in Bandarban, according to fire official Tarikul Islam.

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