94 killed as rains create havoc in 3 dists

Just arrived: At least 94 killed as rains create havoc in so far have been accounted killed in Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Bandarban due to landslides, house collapses and lightening following torrential rains over the past several days.

Dr Md Atiqur Rahman, deputy secretary of the Food and Disaster Management Ministry, confirmed the casualties to The Daily Star quoting the control room of the ministry.

According to the information, Cox's Bazar district recorded the maximum number of casualties with 36 deaths.

Till Wednesday noon, the death toll raised to 32 in Bandarban and 21 in Chittagong.

According reports reaching the news desk, 20 bodies have so far been recovered in Chittgaong while 34 in Cox’s Bazar and 37 in Bandabban districts as the rain wrought havoc in the three districts.

In Chittagong, 12 people were killed in a series of landslides in Akbar Shaha Mazar, Jalalabad and Banshkhali areas.

Members of the army, police, and fire service and city corporation officials conducted overnight drives in the areas and recovered the bodies and rescued many others trapped under earth, said Jasim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence in Chittagong.

The casualty may increase further as 7-10 people still remain missing, Jasim said.

Besides, a minor boy, Abul Hossain, died on the spot when a wall collapsed on him on Tuesday night at Ambagan in Khulshi area while a young man, Kawser, was buried alive in a hill slide at Hajipara in Hathazari upazila on the same night, and Shamsul Alam, 40, and his son Farhad, 6, died as a big chunk of hill collapsed on them at Jangalsalimpur in Sitakunda upazila.

Meanwhile, two people -- Abu Taher and Moni Akhter-- were killed and their parents injured when a streak of lightning struck them during rains on Tuesday afternoon in Satkania upazila and two were electrocuted at Akamal Ali road in Halisahar area of the city.

In Bandarban, at least 30 people were killed in separate incidents of hill slide triggered by ceaseless rain in Lama and Naikhongchhari upazilas on Tuesday midnight.

The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

Police said large chunks of hill collapsed on four dwelling houses leaving at least 22 killed including 11 of a family in Lama upazila.

Mudslides also killed 14 people at Laindakhola, five at Monamapara and three at Pubkhaipara villages.

Police along with local people have launched rescue operations and recovered 22 bodies till filing of this report at about 1:30pm.

Landslide also killed at least eight people in Naikhongchhari upazila on the same time. One person also remained missing since then.

Fire fighters could not reach the spot as there is no wide road to be there with vehicles.

UNB Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports: Thirty-two people were killed and several others injured in separate incidents of hill slide and drowning and lightning amid downpour in the district.

Of them, three were killed in Sadar upazila, seven in Ramu, seven in Chakoria, two in Pekua, four in Moheshkhali, eight in Ukhia and one in Kutubdia upazilas.

Meanwhile, heavy downpour inundated low-lying areas of the district, leaving the normal life in disarray.

Nearly one lakh people of around 100 villages remained marooned in the district and road communications at different parts of the district got hampered due to inundation of roads