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Landslide kills 11 in Bangladesh's SE port city

world Updated: Aug 18, 2008 20:12 IST

A massive landslide killed 11 people in southeastern port city of Chittagong on Monday while the victims were sleeping in flimsy homes at the bottom of hills, officials said.

Chunks of earths buried alive the 11, including three minors, at Motir Jharna area of the city which was experiencing heavy downpour since Sunday night.

"So far 10 bodies have been recovered and three persons were rescued but one of them died in hospital. We have now winded up the rescue operations as no more bodies were found at the site," a fire brigade official told PTI on phone.

Around 142 millimetres of rain had fallen in the city in the past 24 hours causing the landslide, reports said.

The disaster came a month after a similar landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 11 people on July 3 in Chittagong.

The port city witnessed its worst landslide on June 13, 2007 when 123 people were buried alive under tones of mud rolled out from the hills on the dwelling houses built at hill slopes.

Environmental watchdogs have been warning for years against cutting of hills in the name of infrastructure development defying rules in recent years to cause frequent mudslides.

The interim government in emergency ruled Bangladesh earlier ordered a stringent campaign to enforce the ban and find the culprits who cut the hills causing the tragedies.