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Landslides in Bangladesh kill 13

Massive landslides and wall collapses caused by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 11 people while two others drowned in Bangladesh.

world Updated: Jul 03, 2008 20:11 IST

Massive landslides and wall collapses caused by heavy monsoon rains on Thursday killed at least 11 people while two others drowned in southeastern Bangladesh, officials and witnesses said.

Ten people were killed in landslides in Teknaf sub district and Moheshkhali offshore island of Cox's Bazar, a police officer said.

Police said two massive landslides killed instantly two men, two women and five children of two families as they were sleeping in their shanties at the bottom of hills at Teknaf, the northeastern tip of the country.

"Two people drowned near the sea resort town of Cox's Bazar while another lost his life in wall collapse in nearby Ukhia sub district," they said.

Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) joined the rescue drives to retrieve the bodies of landslide victims.

The disaster management ministry keeps a constant vigil in the vulnerable areas while succours in the forms of money and rice were sent for the affected people, an official statement in Dhaka said.