4,500 displaced, 170 killed as rains refuse to abate in Bangladesh

  • IANS

    IANS | Dhaka

    June 21, 2017 | 09:31 AM
Bangladesh

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At least 4,500 people remained lodged in some 50 shelters in southeastern Bangladesh and more evacuees continue to trickle in as the death toll from ongoing heavy rains touched 170, various sources said.

"Close to 4,500 people are living in shelters, which are expected to remain open until July 15 in view of the possibility of further rains and landslides," Efe news quoted Bangladeshi Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Shah Kamal as saying on Tuesday.

In Rangamati, the worst-affected district from where 116 bodies have been recovered so far and four missing persons are feared dead, authorities opened two new shelters Monday in response to the growing influx of evacuees, the region's Deputy Commissioner Manzurul Mannan said referring to camps run by the army, police and the Red Crescent.

He added that they had sufficient supplies for residents and even for distribution among affected people living outside the camps, who had already received around 2,100 packets, each containing 30 kg of rice.

On Tuesday itself, a fresh batch of over 20 people, who were feeling unsafe in their own homes amid the raging downpour, arrived at the Shahid Abdul Ali Academy camp in Rangamati, adding to the hundreds already living here since early last week when the rains intensified, informed shelter manager Faruk Sufian.

Since the onset of the crisis on June 13, the weather department has recorded 679 mm of rain in the district, including 74 mm in the past 24 hours.

Southern Bangladesh is frequently lashed by tropical cyclones at this time of the year, some of which in previous years have hit the country hard, claiming a large number of lives.