Destruction, debris mar Bangladesh mudslide rescue; 140 dead

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Ahmed said that there was no exact total of the missing in the three districts, but residents feared many people were still unaccounted for. Twenty-four fishermen were rescued.

"Southeast Bangladesh is facing the full onslaught of the monsoon season", Azmat Ulla, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' Bangladesh office, said in press release.

Heavy rains triggered landslides that killed dozens in southeast Bangladesh, officials said Tue.

The district administrations opened a number of makeshift shelter homes for people evacuated and rescued from some 20 landslide spots.

At least 35 people have died due to landslides in Bangladesh.

A Bangladeshi woman cries after her relative's body was recovered after Tuesday's massive landslide in Rangamati district, Bangladesh, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Emergency workers are still trying to reach some affected areas where phone and transport links have been disrupted. "Soon we will issue unconditional cash grants of 5,000 taka (US$60), build shelters if necessary and also offer "cash for work" opportunities", he said.

The monsoon-triggered landslides came two weeks after Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh, leaving eight people dead and damaging hundreds of homes.

Rohingya leader Mohammad Anam said the latest rains had further worsened conditions in camps that were badly hit by the cyclone.

The death toll included four soldiers who were trapped by a landslide affer they joined rescue operation in Rangamti. "We must prepare in the same way that we did after the Rana Plaza disaster or for earthquakes so that rescue efforts after such landslides are successful".

Around 300,000 Rohingya, a mainly Muslim stateless ethnic minority, are living in camps in southeastern Bangladesh after fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

The rescuers pulled bodies of at least 105 people in the worst affected Rangamati followed by 36 in Chittagong and six others in Bandarban after the region experience heavy rain until Tuesday, he added.

Thousands of troops are stationed in Rangamati, where a tribal insurgency raged for two decades, and which still erupts in sporadic violence.

The team was clearing debris from a landslide in Manikchhari area, when another landslide occurred, Director ISPR Lt. Col. Rashedul Hasan told daily Dhaka Tribune.

"At least 129 people were found to have died so far while several remained missing as salvage campaign is underway", an official at the disaster management ministry control room told reporters.

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