Landslides Situation in Southeast Bangladesh, June 2017
Overview of Landslides, June 2017
Depression originated at northwest Bay of Bengal and adjacent areas causes extreme rainfall in the coastal regions on June 12, 2017 and triggered massive landslides in three districts of southeast Bangladesh i.e. Rangamati, Bandarban and Chittagong. About 132 people including several rescuer (officers and members of the army) have been killed by this landslides in these three districts. Scores more were hurt and many remained missing. Rescue operations were delayed due to bad weather, but were continuing with difficulties.
Overall Impact Scenario of Landslides, June 2017
The Chittagong Hill Tracts observed over 300 mm of rainfalls in the 24 hours till June 13th morning.
Chittagong alone experienced 222 mm of rain during the same period. None of these areas has seen such rain in recent years. As a result, much of the low-lying areas of the hill districts went under water.
As well, this torrential rainfall triggered massive landslides in three districts of southeast Bangladesh i.e. Rangamati, Bandarban and Chittagong. These landslides killed many people who remained in their shanty-like homes at the foot of the hills risking their lives, despite warnings by the local administrations. About 132 people including four army personnel have died in these hilly areas following incessant downpour overnight. An army team was clearing mud from a landslides from a link road in Manikchhari in Rangamati when another landslides occurred. The number of death may increase.