Landslides claim 13 lives in SE Bangladesh

DHAKA, June 12 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 people including a Rohingya refugee were killed and many dwellings damaged in rain-triggered landslides in two districts in southeastern Bangladesh early Tuesday, a police official said. 

Three incidents of landslides claimed at least 11 lives alone in Rangamati district, some 391 km from capital Dhaka, when huge chunks of mud collapsed on their houses, said the local official who declined to be named.

Apart from them, two bodies including one of a Rohingya refugee were reportedly recovered in Cox's Bazar district, some 292 km southeast of Dhaka, which is now home to nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees who are living on the slopes of the hills.

Landslides are frequent in Bangladesh's hilly areas during the heavy monsoon that usually runs from June to September as land has been heavily deforested to grow crops and build houses.At least 153 people were reported to be killed and hundreds of others injured in the landslides that devastated places in five districts in Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeastern Bangladesh in June last year.

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