4 killed in Chattogram landslides

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Chattogram, June 18: At least four people were killed in separate landslides in Chattogram due to heavy rainfall early Saturday.

Six people including four of a family were buried after a landslide occurred in the hilly area of Barishalghona under Akbar Shah thana of the city around 1:30am.

Two sisters – Shahinur Akhter, 26, Mahinur Akhter, 24 – died on the spot. Their parents, who were injured in the accident, are currently undergoing treatment at the Chattogram Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).

Fire Service members recued them and rushed to Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

Mohammad Wali Uddin Akbar, Officer-in-charge of Akbar Shah Police Station, confirmed the matter to local journalists.

On the other hand, two brothers named Liton, 21 and his brother Emon, 14, were also killed in another landslide at Bijoynagar Lake City area of the same thana around 3am.

Agrabad Fire Service Senior Officer Enamul Haque said that two brothers were rescued and sent to the CMCH.

Local administration in 2019 identified some 835 families — mostly the poor — living in the 17 most vulnerable hills in Chattogram.

Of the hills, 10 are privately owned while the rest seven are owned by Chattogram City Corporation, Railway, Chattogram Wasa, Public Works Department and National Housing Authority.

As per government data, total 207 people were killed in landslides in Chattogram in the last decade.

The most number of casualties — 128 — was recorded back in 2007.