Fresh landslides hit Bangladesh, kill four in their homes

DHAKA (AFP) – Fresh landslides killed four people and sent hundreds fleeing in Bangladesh yesterday, police said, just days after the worst mudslides on record left more than 150 dead amid a heavy monsoon.

Two children were buried in their sleep while two other victims were killed in a separate incident when their home was struck by an avalanche of mud and rock.

The twin tragedies followed renewed rainfall in Bangladesh’s hill regions on Saturday, the scene of its worst landslides in living memory that last week killed 158 and destroyed roads and critical infrastructure.

Fearing further deadly landslides amid a fresh deluge, authorities in Khagrachhari hill district evacuated hundreds of civilians from disaster-prone areas, said District Police Chief Ali Ahmad Khan.

It was too late for two siblings, aged eight and 13, who were killed early yesterday in the district’s Ramgarh town when their home was struck by a wave of mud.

“The siblings were sleeping when a segment of the hill buried their bedroom,” Police Chief Shariful Islam told AFP.

“There has been rainfall in the region over the last five days, but last night it was very heavy, causing this landslide,” he said, adding no one else was missing.

Two people were also buried in their home in the northeastern town of Borolekha yesterday, district police chief Mohammad Shahjalal told AFP.