Dhaka – Bangladeshi disaster management authorities have allocated food and cash to support the affected people after nearly 150 people were killed in rain-triggered landslide in the country’s south-east.
Officials at the disaster management ministry said on Wednesday they allocated emergency food aid of 375 metric tons and taka 5,000,000 for the people in distress in Rangamati, Chittagong and Bandarban districts.
The allocation will reach the target groups as immediately as possible as the local authorities are schedule to begin a full damage assessment of the disaster on Thursday, deputy commissioner of Rangamati Manzarul Mannan said.
Mizanur Rahman, an official at the disaster management control room in Dhaka, said fresh landslide was reported in Cox’s Bazar district where two people were killed on Wednesday.
The rescuers pulled bodies of at least 105 people in the worst affected Rangamati followed by 36 in Chittagong and six others in Bandarban after the region experience heavy rain until Tuesday, he added.
Most of the victims died as their homed buried in mudslides on Monday night. The rescuers began search operations on the following morning.
Mannan said rescuers amidst difficulties reached in of the affected areas either by boats or on foot as most roads were inaccessible. He said people at the shelters are being served with food and water.
At least 483 medical teams were kept ready to treat those are injured or at the shelters, said Health Minister Mohammad Nasim.
Bangladesh’s meteorological department forecast more rain in the hilly region for Wednesday after the country experienced heavy monsoon rains Monday due to a depression in the Bay of Bengal.
The disaster came less than two weeks after tropical cyclone Mora killed eight people and damaged thousands of homes along the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh.