Flood tightens grip on several districts of Bangladesh

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , July 27, 2015

Five more people, including three women and a kid, were killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Cox’s Bazar town early yesterday, barely a month after five died in landslides in the district.

Some three lakh people have been marooned by flood water following the rise in water of the Matamuhuri. People took shelter on roads and highways as many houses were damaged in Chakaria, Pekua and Ramu upazilas.

In Bandarban, the overall flood situation remained unchanged yesterday. The flash flood has left some 40,000 people without shelter. The road links between the district and other parts of the country are cut for the last three days.

Victims said they were suffering from shortage of food and drinking water. Many were yet to receive relief supplies.

Hundreds of people living on hill-slopes in Moulvibazar and Khagrachhari were passing their days in fear of landslides due to incessant rain.

Sources at Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner’s office said at least four houses near the local radar station were buried under mud when the landslide occurred around 2:00am yesterday. A portion of the station’s boundary wall also collapsed.

Within half an hour, members of Bangladesh Army, Border Guard Bangladesh, fire brigade and police launched a search for the victims.

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