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4 children among 8 killed in Cox’s Bazar landslides

  • Published at 03:24 pm July 27th, 2021
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Landslide buries house at Monirghona under Hoaikong union of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday morning, July 27, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Villages, shrimp farms, crop fields have submerged in flood water

At least eight people, including six Rohingya refugees, were killed on Tuesday after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in Cox’s Bazar. 

The landslides damaged several hundred houses of the Rohingyas while the flood inundated over 100 villages of the district, causing harm to the shrimp farms and croplands.

Five of them, including three children, died after a hill subsided on Rohingya settlements at Block G-37 of Balukhali Camp No 10 in Ukhiya around 1pm, officials said.

The deceased are Dil Bahar, 24, and her children Abdur Rahman, 4, and Ayesha Siddique, 2; Nur Nahar, 30, and Shah Alam’s son Shafiul Alam, 12. Two more children of Shah Alam were also injured in the incident. They are Nur Fatema, 14, and Jane Alam, 7.

Shamsuddoza Nayan, additional commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), confirmed the deaths to Dhaka Tribune. 

He added that another child of Camp No 8 went missing in the floodwater. The child could not be identified immediately.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Ukhiya Upazila Nirbahi Officer Nizam Uddin said: “So far, five bodies have been recovered. The rescue operation is underway for more bodies.”

Due to continuous rains since early morning, hundreds of Rohingya settlements in at least eight refugee camps located near the hill slopes of Ukhiya and Teknaf were damaged on Tuesday.

The heavily affected camps are Kutupalong Camp No 5, Balukhali Camp No 1, Teknaf Camp No 26, Jamtali Camp, Hakimpara Camp No 24 and 27 and Madhuchhara Camp. 

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In Teknaf, Rakim Ali, 65, succumbed to injuries he received due to a landslide on his house at Monirghona under Howaikyong Union in the morning.

UNO Parvez Chowdhury said that Rakim Ali was taken to Balukhali Turkey Hospital, where the duty doctors declared him dead.

Later the upazila administration gave aid to his family, and also relocated the people from the area.

Maheshkhali UNO Mahfuzur Rahman said that a teenage girl died and two others were injured due to landslide at Sipahipara under Chhoto Maheshkhali Union in the morning. Deceased Morsheda Begum, 17, is the daughter of Ansar Hossain of the area.

According to Cox’s Bazar Met Office, the district recorded 134mm rains in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

Assistant Meteorologist Md Abdur Rahman warned of heavy rains on Wednesday, adding that more landslides might occur in Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. 

According to Cox’s Bazar upazila offices, over 1,000 acres of shrimp farms and croplands have been damaged by the flood that inundated over 100 villages of the district’s Chakaria, Ramu, Pekua, Ukhiya and Teknaf areas.