Dhaka – At least 10 people have reportedly been killed after large chunks of mud buried homes in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Rangamati, officials said on Tuesday.
The landslides triggered by moderate to heavy rain caused early hours of the day in remote hills of Naniarchar in Rangamati district, more than 200 kilometres south-east of the capital Dhaka.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Mamunur Rashid said the rescuers have reached the remote scene to find those are still missing and relocate the vulnerable others.
Bangladesh’s south-eastern parts have been experiencing moderate to heavy rain in the last three days because of an active monsoon in the Bay of Bengal, Dhaka meteorological department said.
A local government representative, Quality Chakma, said that he heard at least 10 people died in the landslides. He fears the death toll may go up further. He said the accident scene has become difficult to get to as communication through the road has been hampered by the mudslide.
The local administration has relocated more than 1000 people to safer place as they feared mudslides in the area.
At least 120 people were killed after heavy rains caused landslides in different parts of the district in 2017.