Flash floods, landslides kill 23 in southeastern Bangladesh

Tens of thousands of people were marooned on higher ground as flood waters submerged areas


Reuters June 28, 2015
India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change. PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA: At least 23 people have died in flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains that lashed southeastern Bangladesh, officials said on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of people were marooned on higher ground as flood waters submerged areas around Cox's Bazar and the hilly district of Bandarban.

Read:Nine killed as flash floods hits Balochistan

Local police official Habibur Rahman confirmed the toll to reporters after four more bodies were recovered from a river on Sunday.

Bangladesh - one of the world's most densely populated countries - is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones, droughts, floods and earthquakes.

Read:Floods kill 81 in India’s Gujarat state

India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study said in March.

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