Dhaka – Rain-triggered landslides in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar have left at least five children killed and few others injured, police and local government officials said on Wednesday.
Four of them found buried beneath the clay after a mass of mud from the adjoining hill fell on their tin-roofed home at Bachamiar Ghona of Cox’s Bazar town at around 6 am.
Local people and rescuers from the fire service and civil defence department retrieved the bodies. They also found the mother of the children injured and rushed her to Cox’s Bazar hospital.
The local administration had identified the home, located on the foot-heel of a hill, dangerous and asked the inhabitants to leave the place. But they did not pay any heed to the request.
The father of the children, Jamal Uddin, is a Bangladeshi expatriate in Malaysia, said police officer Farid Uddin Khandaker.
The incident occurred amid heavy rain early in the morning when most of the people were asleep, he added. Police identified the children as Khairunnessa, 6, Abdul Hye, 8, Pabiya Begum, 10, and Marjia Begum, 14.
In yet another landslide in Ramu upazila, a six year old boy Morshed Alam was killed. His home was buried under mud at around 3am.
The district administration has announced a cash relief worth about Tk 20,000 to complete the rites.
Bangladesh has been experiencing moderate to heavy rain in most part of the country as an influence of active monsoon in the Bay of Bengal. The met office in Cox’s Bazar recorded 228 millimeters of rainfall in the district in last 24 hours ending Wednesday morning.
The meteorological department predicted more rains for two more days across Bangladesh.