Landslide death toll hits 140, rescuers digging for survivors

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MNA Editorial Desk: Rescuers went from door to door searching for information on people who might be missing Wednesday after massive landslides crashed onto villages and killed at least 140 in the southeastern area.

As many as 106 people died in Rangamati alone while 21 bodies were revered from Rangunia and Chandanaish and three from Bandarban and one from Khagracchari.

With some roads collapsed and others blocked by mud, soldiers were erecting a portable bridge to reach the worst-hit district of Rangamati, where government shelters housed about half of the 4,500 people whose homes were swamped by mud and debris unleashed by the landslides Tuesday.

The delta nation of Bangladesh is frequently hit by strong storms, flooding and landslides. Experts said this week’s tragedy was also the result of uncontrolled denuding and soil harvesting on hills above unplanned settlements.