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11 die in Rangamati landslides

WT24 Desk

Torrential rains triggered the landslides, said Quality Chakma, acting chairman of Naniarchar Upazila. On this day a year ago, the landslides struck Rangamati killing more than 100 people.

Four of the deceased belonged to two families in Boropul neighbourhood, four of the same family from Dharmacharan Karbari neighbourhood, two in Hatimara and one in Gilachhari died in the incident, said Chakma.

Naniarchar Upazila Nirbahi Officer or UNO Abdullah Al Mamun and Abdul Latif, chief of local police station, confirmed the landslides, but not the death toll.

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.

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