Bangladesh – Dozens Killed as Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides

Heavy rain has triggered deadly landslides in several locations in south eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday 13 June, 2017. Heavy rain has also caused flash flooding in Mizoram, India, where local media say at least 8 people have died.

Chittagong Division, Bangladesh

In the last 48 hours, more than 400 mm of rain has fallen in Chittagong and more than 500 mm in Rangamati. The average for the whole of June in Chittagong is normally around 600 mm.

Deadly landslides were reported in Rangamati, Bandarban (both in Chittagong Division) and several neighbourhoods of Chittagong district.

Various news reports say that the death toll is at least 40 and could rise as rescuers search for missing people. Soldiers reportedly helping search and rescue operations have also died.

As the rain continues to fall conditions in affected areas are said to be treacherous and are hampering search operations and damage assessments.

Rainfall and Rivers, Bangladesh

Heavy rain has been recorded in parts of Bangladesh since 11 June, 2017.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department says that Chittagong recorded 190 mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 June and 222 mm to 13 June.

BMD says that Rangamati, Chittagong Division, recorded 165 mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 June and 343 mm to 13 June.

The heavy rain has also increased river levels, particularly in the south east.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) reported earlier today that the Halda at Narayanhat, Chittagong, stood at 16.30 m on 13 June, where the danger level is 15.25 metres. The Sangu at Bandarban was also well above the danger mark at 16.60 metres (danger is also 15.25 m).

Mizoram, India

The press Trust of Inida (PTI) are reporting that flash floods have caused death and destruction in the Indian state of Mizoram, which borders southern Bangladesh. In a report earlier today, PTI said:

“Eight persons have been killed and six others are missing after flash floods caused by heavy rainfall wreaked havoc at Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district.”

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