Bangladesh ends rescue operation in landslide affected districts
June 16th, 2017 at 11:19 pm
Bangladesh ends rescue operation in landslide affected districts

Dhaka – The authorities have called off the search operation in Rangamati after rescuers say at least 110 people killed alone in Rangamati district in a series of landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rain earlier in the week.

Deputy Commissioner of Rangamati district Manzarul Mannan announced the closure of the four-day operation at a press briefing on Friday at his office.

The rain-triggered landslides killed at least 154 people in four south-eastern districts. Rangamati was the worst affected districts where the rescuers found 110 bodies as their homed were buried beneath chunks of mud.

The rescuers pulled bodies of at least 36 people in Chittagong, six in Bandarban and two others in Cox’s Bazar after the hilly region experience heavy rain until Tuesday, he added.

AKM Shakil Newaz, deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, said the firefighters will continue operation in a limited scale as there are few cases of missing people in Rangamati.

Road transports between Rangamati and other districts have remained suspended since Tuesday. Authorities are trying to establish communications through waterways.