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12:00 AM, August 02, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:50 AM, August 02, 2015

Record rainfall already

Four killed in Bandarban landslide, one in Savar wall collapse

After two consecutive dry monsoons, the country this year experiences 25 percent more rainfall than usual, hampering daily life and livelihoods of people, the Met office said.

Following heavy rainfall yesterday, Bandarban town and many districts in the coastal region including Cox's Bazar, Noakhali, Feni, Khulna, Barisal, Bagerhat, Patuakhali, Barguna and Satkhira were freshly inundated. 

The Chittagong division is experiencing the heaviest rainfall that has triggered flash floods in many places and repeated landslides, killing at least 10 people in Bandarban and Cox's Bazar in the last few days.

A depression, leftover of cyclone Komen, has caused countrywide heavy rain and the rain is likely to continue today, the Met office has forecast.

At least six people, including five of a family, were killed and four injured in a landslide in Lama of Bandarban early yesterday. In an another incident, an elderly person died in Savar on the outskirts of the capital as a wall collapsed on him.

The dead were Md Bashir, 55; his daughter Rozina Akhter, 30, and son Sagor, 18; Rozina's daughter Fatema Begum, 8, and her son Sazzad Hossain, 5; and their neighbour Amena Begum, 32, our Bandarban correspondent reports.

The elderly person in Savar was Md Toyab Ali Dewan, 65, said SM Kamruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station.

Quoting locals, the OC said the wall of Toyab's earthen house collapsed on sleeping Toyab.  The wall collapse was caused by heavy downpour and waterlogging. The man died on the spot.

The landslide in Bandarban took place when huge swathes of earth of a hill fell on five houses in Lama Hospital area around 1:30am yesterday. 

A team of firefighters rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies and the injured. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals, said Md Amir Hossain, Lama mayor.

After the incident, the district administration asked all living on the slopes of hills to move to safer places for a few days.

In 2012, 35 people were killed in a landslide in the same area. In a warning issued last month, the Met office said torrential rain may cause more landslides in the hilly region of the country.

Just three days after flood water receded from Bandarban town, the hilly town was inundated again yesterday as water level of the Sangu river rose.

Meanwhile, most of the distressed people who took refuge at the cyclone shelters in different coastal districts went back home, report our correspondents.

The Cox's Bazar district has been worst-hit by inclement weather that saw the death of at least 18 people last week with four fishermen still missing.

On Friday night, the body of Mohammad Faisal, who was swept away by a storm surge, was recovered from Hwaykang village in Teknaf. Cox's Bazar saw total 208mm of rainfall yesterday, reports our Cox's Bazar correspondent.

Flash floods washed out fish worth Tk 8 crore in six upazilas of Chittagong. At least 1,300 fishermen dependent on fish farms in the upazilas have been seriously affected.

In Barisal division, many rivers including the Bishkhali, the Khakdon and the Burirswar were flowing above the danger level, our Barisal correspondent reports.

Shahidul Islam, executive engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) of Barguna, said the Payra and Baleshwar rivers were flowing 20cm above their danger levels.

In Satkhira, around 1,000 people were marooned due to incessant rain. Around 15 to 20 families took shelter elsewhere. Several hundred victims in the district's Itagacha, Kamannagar, Kharibila, Raichpur and Daulatpur areas laid siege to the office of local executive engineer of WDB, demanding immediate steps for draining the water.

In Munshiganj, launch and speedboat services remained suspended yesterday on the Shimulia-Kawrakandi route of the Padma river due to rough weather, reports our correspondent.

Besides, slow movement of ferries caused immense suffering to people as around 200 vehicles were stuck for hours on the Shimulia end.   

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