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12 killed in Rangamati, Cox's Bazar landslides

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At least 12 people, including four of a family, were killed in separate incidents of landslide in different areas of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati and Cox's Bazar districts early Tuesday amid heavy rains in the district.

In Rangamati: Four of the victims were killed in Darmachandpara, while four members of a family in Boro Poolpara and three in Hatimara in the upazila, said Tridip Kanti Das, member of Rangamati Parbotto Zila Parishad.

Among the victims, nine were identified as Surendra Lal Chakma, 48, his wife Rajyo Devi Chakma, 45, their daughter Sonali Chakma, 9, and son Rumel Chakma, 12, of Boro Poolpara and Phul Devi Chakma, Ety Chakma and a two-year-old child of Darmachandpara, Rita Chakma and Riten Chakma of Hatimara area.

Naniarchar Police Station officer-in-charge Abdul Latif said several teams of Fire Service and Civil Defence in association with policemen and locals are conducting rescue drives in the areas.

Besides, vehicular movement on Rangamati-Chittagong highway remained suspended as the road went under water at Thandachari point.

Many low-lying areas of the district were submerged due to the incessant heavy rains over the last two days.Similar heavy rains will continue over the next two days as well, said the Met office.

Rangamati Deputy Commissioner AKM Mamunur Rashid said he received the news of the deaths in landslides.
"We could not reach the affected areas as the road became very bad due to landslides. So, it will take some time to get exact information about the number of deaths or missing."

Although 120 people died in last year's landslides, none of them were from Naniarchar. After the incident, the district administration made a list of vulnerable settlers, including 1,111 people of 239 families of four unions of the Upazila.

In Cox's Bazar: Badsha Mia, 34, son of Chand Mia, of Panichhora village was killed in a landslide at the village around 8:00am, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Maheshkhali Police Station.

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