Death toll from Bangladesh mudslides, lightning reaches 105

Rescuers continue to find bodies in shantytown where chunks of hill collapsed and buried dozens of bamboo and straw shacks.

June 12, 2007 11:31
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The death toll from a torrent of mudslides, flooding and lightning in southeastern Bangladesh rose to 105 Tuesday after rescuers found 14 more bodies, officials and witnesses said. The worst-hit area was a congested shantytown in the hilly port city of Chittagong, where large chunks of hill collapsed and buried dozens of bamboo and straw shacks. Army rescuers pulled at least 21 bodies from the debris Tuesday, city official Nur Sulaiman said. Two other bodies were recovered from a downtown pond, he added. At least 67 died across the city Monday, while another four bodies were found overnight, officials said. The lightning strikes killed 11 people in the neighboring districts of Cox's Bazar, Noakhali and Brahmmanbaria, the Food and Disaster Management Ministry said.

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