90 die in Bangladesh floods, landslides

June 27th, 2012 - 6:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, June 27 (IANS) Nearly 90 people have died in Bangladesh in flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains, officials said Wednesday.

Rains have wrecked havoc in the three hill districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar and Bandarban since Tuesday, killing at least 88 people, Xinhua reported.

The military, police and the fire service personnel have joined the rescue efforts.

According to the Met Office, Chittagong received more than 460 mm rain till 9 p.m. Tuesday, submerging almost two-thirds of the city.

Dhaka’s flood forecasting centre Wednesday said that the water-levels in all the major rivers are rising, while some were flowing over the danger mark.

It warned that the situation may become worse in the coming days.

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