/ Nearly 90 people have been killed in landslides in southeast Bangladesh after three days of rains that triggered flash floods and severed transport links, officials said on Wednesday. /
/ Landslides, floods kill 76 in southern Bangladesh. Landslides and floods caused by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 76 people in southern Bangladesh and rescuers Wednesday were searching for more missing, officials said. /
/ Seventy dead, 2 lakh stranded in Bangladesh floods. Days of heavy rain in Bangladesh have set off flash floods and landslides, killing at least 70 people and stranding about 200,000, police and officials said on Wednesday. /
India TILTING & BACKWASHING:
/ Floods continued to wreak havoc in Assam on Tuesday, as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries sent more areas under water, and 50,000 people were still marooned in the worst-hit Tinsukia district. The State Disaster Management has said 17 districts have been affected in the past 24 hours. The death toll has gone up to 13, with five deaths (two in Dibrugarh, two in Barpeta and one in Tinsukia) reported on Tuesday. /
/ Flood worsens in Arunachal, more areas inundated. The floods in Arunachal Pradesh turned worse on Tuesday with reports of new areas being inundated by flood water in several districts of the state. The major rivers and their tributaries in Anjaw, Lohit, Changlang, Dibang Valley, East Siang and Upper Siang districts were in high spate and flowing above the danger mark. 100 people were rescued on Monday from Bijoypur 1 at Bordumsa in Lohit district by the local administration using country boats. They were later shifted to relief camp /
Landslides, floods kill 76 in southern Bangladesh
Landslides and floods caused by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 76 people in southern Bangladesh and rescuers Wednesday were searching for more missing, officials said.
Three days of rain had hit the region of small hills and forests, and huge chunks of earth and mud buried flimsy huts where families were sleeping late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Many homeless people live at the foot of the hills or close to them despite warnings from authorities.
Monsoon floods are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 160 million people. Many of the dead were women and children, and the death toll is likely to rise as rescuers are searching for several missing people, officials said.
Volunteers using loudspeakers had warned people about the danger of landslides during the recent monsoon rains, said Jaynul Bari, a government administrator in one of the stricken areas, Cox’s Bazar district. The floods inundated dozens of villages and were disrupting communications in the region.
The bodies of 32 adults and children have been recovered in Bandarban district, said K.M. Tariqul Islam, the chief government administrator in the area that is 248 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of the capital, Dhaka.
Another 34 people died, most of them in landslides, in neighboring Cox’s Bazar district. Bari said 23 bodies were recovered from the debris of mostly mud—and straw huts in the remote Ukhia region and another 11 people drowned in floodwaters.
About 200 displaced people were ferried to school buildings on high ground, Bari said.
In Chittagong, another district in the region, the bodies of 10 people whose houses were buried in landslides have been recovered, fire official Jasim Udddin said.
An airport in Chittagong was closed for hours Tuesday after floodwater swamped its runway, officials said. It reopened Wednesday after rains stopped, they said.
Seventy dead, 2 lakh stranded in Bangladesh floods
DHAKA: Days of heavy rain in Bangladesh have set off flash floods and landslides, killing at least 70 people and stranding about 200,000, police and officials said on Wednesday.
Low-lying and densely populated Bangladesh is battered by torrential downpours during the wet season, which began in the past few weeks.
At least 15 people were killed in and around the southeastern port city of Chittagong, while 30 died in Bandarban in an area known as the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
"Several more people are feared trapped in hillside homes buried under heaps of mud. Rescue operations are continuing," Chittagong deputy commissioner Faiz Ahmed said.
A further 24 died in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar near the Myanmar border, officials and police said.
Most of the deaths were caused by landslides, others by wall collapses, lightning strikes and surges of water. Army, police and fire brigade personnel were helping in rescue efforts.
In Sylhet, a rice and tea growing area in the northeast, houses stood up to three feet (one metre) under water, with residents perched on boats or scrambling to high ground. Three children were reported killed.
Flooding also hit districts northwest of the capital. Five days of rain had beset wide areas near the border with Myanmar and India, with the weather office recording 463 mm (18.2 inches) in Chittagong over the past 24 hours.
"We are having the worst rainfall in many years," said Jainul Bari, district commissioner for Cox's Bazar.
Weather officials said more heavy rain was expected in the next few days.
Disaster control officials said about 150,000 people had been marooned by the floods in the southeast while 50,000 were stranded in Sylhet.
Hundreds of homes have been washed away, while authorities moved hundreds of families from shanty housing and told others to leave quickly.
Agriculture officials said it was too early to estimate crop damage. "In flash floods, water recedes soon after the rain stops, So we don't anticipate any major damage to rice and other crops," one official said.
Most road and rail links between Chittagong and the rest of the country were suspended late on Tuesday, while Chittagong airport was closed after water inundated part of the runway.
Heavy rains, landslides kill 89 in Bangladesh
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh: Nearly 90 people have been killed in landslides in southeast Bangladesh after three days of rains that triggered flash floods and severed transport links, officials said on Wednesday.
The army has been deployed to help with rescue efforts in the affected hill region of Chittagong, said the region's chief administrator, Sirajul Haq Khan, who warned that the death toll could rise as more remote areas are accessed.
According to Khan, at least 89 people died in a series of landslides and flash floods in and around Chittagong port and the neighbouring districts of Cox's Bazar and Bandarban.
Bandarban administrator Tariqul Islam said 32 bodies have been recovered from multiple landslide sites.
"Rescue efforts had been hampered as communications have been largely snapped because of flash floods and heavy rain," Islam told AFP.
"Ten of the victims were children and scores of others were injured," he said.
Bandarban police chief Saiful Ahmed said most of the victims were asleep when the huge chunks of mud buried them alive.
"One family has lost 12 members," he added.
Officials in Cox's Bazar said at least 36 people had been killed there in mudslides and building collapses.
Chittagong port received 40 centimetres (16 inches) of rain in a single 12-hour period on Tuesday and fire department officials said rescuers were working under the constant threat of further landslides.
Flights in and out of Chittagong's Shah Amanat International Airport have been suspended since Tuesday afternoon.
According to the state Disaster Management Information Centre, around 50,000 people were affected by the flash floods, and many of them forced to take shelter on higher ground.
Train links between Chittagong and the rest of the country were also severed after a railway bridge collapsed due to a rain-triggered flash flood.
In recent years, monsoon rains have caused deadly landslides in Chittagong, home to five million people, killing hundreds and prompting the government to tighten rules on where development can take place.
In June 2007, landslides in Chittagong killed at least 130 people. Another 53 were killed by to flash floods and landslides in Cox's Bazar district in 2010.
Flood situation turns grim in Assam
Floods continued to wreak havoc in Assam on Tuesday, as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries sent more areas under water, and 50,000 people were still marooned in the worst-hit Tinsukia district.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) air-dropped food packets in Tinsukia, while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) air-lifted 300 more rescuers from Kolkata to intensify rescue operations in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur districts, besides Tinsukia. Army teams also joined the rescue operations.
The State Disaster Management has said 17 districts have been affected in the past 24 hours. The death toll has gone up to 13, with five deaths (two in Dibrugarh, two in Barpeta and one in Tinsukia) reported on Tuesday.
Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram told The Hindu that NDRF teams were expected to reach the marooned people of Amarpur in Sadiya by Wednesday afternoon. The IAF was initially called in for evacuation; but the water level receded, and with it, the threat to the marooned people, so it was requested to drop food packets for 40,000 people marooned at Amarpur.
About 100 marooned people were forced to pass the whole Monday night in the middle of the Ananta Nala river on two boats, in which they were rescued from Laika in the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. The boats got stuck in a shallow area when they were pushed by strong currents. “ …one boat got stuck in the middle of the river; when the second boat tried to go near it for rescue, it also got stuck. As the current was strong, with heavy logs floating around, the boats faced the threat of capsize. So, no attempt was made to free them during the night,” he said. They reached a safer place on Tuesday morning.
In Amarpur, an old woman was swept away in the floodwater.
About 90,000 people of 90 villages have been affected in the district, and 24 relief camps have been opened to take in 13,900 people.
In Dhemaji district, the administration called in the IAF for evacuation of the people marooned after an embankment of the Brahmaputra breached on Monday. “However, the evacuation had to be aborted because of the obstruction caused by trees; instead, rescue boats were rushed to evacuate the people. About 2,000 people were rescued during the day,” Deputy Commissioner M.S. Manivannan said.
He said 242 villages had been affected and 7,000 people accommodated in 12 relief camps.
In a release, the NDRF said its teams, comprising 10 officers and 310 rescuers including 26 deep divers, were pressed into service in different parts of the four districts and had so far evacuated 800 families.
The situation in the Majuli river island in Jorhat district was also grim, with the floodwater threatening to breach the Kamalabari-Bongaon PWD road and inundate many villages of the island. In Sivasagar district, thousands of people were affected and rendered homeless after a breach in an embankment at Dkhowmukh.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who is now touring the United States, has directed all Ministers to go down to their districts to monitor the rescue and relief operations. He has been monitoring the situation from his camp abroad, the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Flood worsens in Arunachal, more areas inundated
ITANAGAR: The floods in Arunachal Pradesh turned worse on Tuesday with reports of new areas being inundated by flood water in several districts of the state.
The major rivers and their tributaries in Anjaw, Lohit, Changlang, Dibang Valley, East Siang and Upper Siang districts were in high spate and flowing above the danger mark. 100 people were rescued on Monday from Bijoypur 1 at Bordumsa in Lohit district by the local administration using country boats. They were later shifted to relief camp.
Additional deputy commissioner Kento Riba said army boats will help rescue the 55 families stranded at at Bijoypur III on Tuesday. Emergency medical teams headed by the district medical officer have been sent to the area, he added. Since June 23 last, the water level of Noa Dehing River is flowing above the danger level, thus, submerging vast parts of adjoining villages of Bijoypur I, II & III under Bordumsa Circle.
The administration has set up two relief camps with medical facilities at Bijoypur III village. Bijoypur I has been most affected in the district with nearly 61 houses still partially submerged under water.
The overflowing Noa Dehing River has also affected Maitripur, Gautampur, Santipur, Jyotipur, Dumpani and Mudoi villages at Diyun Circle in Changlang district. Spur one of the anti-erosion project at Diyun has been partially damaged. The embankment and spurs have prevented the flood water from entering the Diyun township, sources said.
At Namsai in Lohit district, the water level of Noa-Dehing, Sibri and Kamlang rivers are flowing above the danger level since 23 June. In the Zaleeband area, 9 families are marooned while the Citronala area was inundated by heavy erosion.