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35 killed in Bangladesh landslides

Dhaka, June 13 (IANS) At least 35 people were killed in landslides triggered due to heavy rains in Bangladesh, an official said on Tuesday.

“We have information that at least 35 people died in three districts,” Efe news quoted the Director General of the Bangladesh Disaster Management Department (DMD), Reaz Ahmed, as saying.

He said 24 of the victims were from Rangamati district, the worst-affected area.

Influenced by a depression in the Bay of Bengal, rains have lashed the three districts since Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

An official in Chittagong said: “The military, police and fire service personnel have joined rescue efforts since early Tuesday.”

Dhaka’s flood forecasting centre said the water level in all the major rivers is rising while some were already flowing over the danger mark.

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