22 Jul '11, 12pm

Four killed, 200,000 stranded in Bangladesh floods

Four killed, 200,000 stranded in Bangladesh floods

DHAKA : At least four people were killed and more than 200,000 stranded after three days of heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said on Friday. The government's flood forecasting and warning centre said more than 49 centimetres (19 inches) of rain had pounded the worst-hit Cox's Bazaar district since Wednesday, flooding at least 200 villages in the hilly region. "One child was buried under mud due to landslide and three more people were washed away in the huge torrents of water," Cox's Bazaar chief district administrator Zainul Bari told AFP. He said two more people were missing and more than 200,000 had been marooned by the floods, forcing 3,200 families to take shelter in schools, cyclone shelters and on high ground. Local authorities have distributed emergency relief to those most in need. Southeastern Bangladesh is pr...

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