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Landslide kills 5 people in Bangladesh

Chunks of earth loosened by heavy rains buried several hillside huts in southeastern Bangladesh, killing five people and injuring another seven, authorities said.

world Updated: Aug 18, 2008 13:11 IST

Chunks of earth loosened by heavy rains buried several hillside thatched huts in southeastern Bangladesh on Monday, killing five people and injuring another seven, authorities said.

Rescuers recovered the bodies of three women and one child from the debris, while another injured man died en route to hospital, local police official Mohammad Faruq said.

He said another seven injured people have been taken to hospital after Faruq said most victims were asleep in their thatched homes at the foot of a hill in Chittagong city, 220 kilometers (135 miles) southeast of capital Dhaka.

Last month, landslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains killed at least 13 people in neighboring coastal district of Cox's Bazar.

Many impoverished people live at the foot of hills despite the danger of landslides in this hilly coastal region, bordering the Bay of Bengal and Myanmar.