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Church groups, government help Bangladeshis affected by landslides

Emergency services and church aid groups have rushed to assist thousands of people affected by a landslide that killed at least 136 people, injured dozens and made thousands homeless in southeastern Bangladesh. reported that heavy rain from 11th-12th June, triggered by a depression in the Bay of Bengal, caused mudslides in Rangamati, Bandarban and Chittagong districts, cutting off road links, telephone and electricity connections.

Most of the victims are from poor, indigenous communities living close to the hills, near the borders with India and Myanmar. They were buried under tons of earth and mud while they were asleep at night.

James Gomes, regional director of the Catholic aid agency Caritas in Chittagong, said his agency had conducted a situational assessment to offer emergency aid to affected people.

“We are collaborating with the government to calculate the number of fatalities and affected people,” Gomes told on his way to visit Rangamati district by boat.

Picture: A partially collapsed road is seen on 13th June after a landslide in Rangamati, Bangladesh. A spokesman for the Rangamati district administration said at least 60 people were killed in a series of landslides there alone. (CNS photo/EPA).