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Two more bodies in Rangamati: Landslide death toll 156


Rangamati, June 17 – Two fresh bodies of hill track massive landslide victims were recovered from Dumdumia area of Jurachhari upazila in the district on Saturday morning, raising the death toll to 156 in five southeastern districts.Bodies of a woman and a man were recovered under the rubble of mud this morning while fire service authorities resumed the rescue operation for fifth consecutive day after facing demands of the local people, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rashed Iqbal Chowdhury.
The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.
Bangladesh Army and Fire Service earlier on Friday evening officially declared the end of the rescue operation in the district, he said.
The engineer core of Bangladesh Army were working to restore the vehicular movements on Rangamati-Chittagong road, Rangamati-Khagrachhari road, Rangamati-Baraichhari road and Rangamati-Kaptai road as those remained shut since Tuesday due to disastrous landslides triggered by incessant rains.
Till now, more than 2,000 people were evacuated from the risky hilly slops and taken shelter centres in the district.
With this, a total of 112 people, including five Army men, were killed in Rangamati, which was hit hardest by the hillslides, while 34 in Chittagong, six in Bandarban, two each in Cox’s Bazar and Khagrachhari.
Meanwhile, the rescue operations in Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Chittagong ended three days back. – UNB


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