At least 156 people have lost their lives in a series of deadly landslides in south-eastern Bangladesh

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The situation

At least 156 people have lost their lives in a series of deadly landslides in the hilly districts of Chittagong, Rangamati and Bandarban in south-eastern Bangladesh.

The official death toll in five districts in the region stood at 156 as of 16 June 2017. The Rangamati district suffered the most, with 112 confirmed deaths.

The district administration has wrapped up the search operation and rescue work has been called off, with hundreds have been injured and many more reported missing.

Incessant rainfall triggered the overnight landslides, and the Met Office has issued warnings for more landslides in the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.

Survivors in Rangamati now face an acute crisis of food, drinking water, fuel and power. Road transports between Rangamati, Bandarban and other districts remain suspended. Authorities are trying to establish communications through waterways.

Our response

Our frontline staff have been on the ground since the disaster, and we are maintaining close communication with local administration in the affected districts.

We are currently providing safe water for patients in the hospitals and emergency shelters, and conducting further planning following a visit by our emergency team from Chittagong to Rangunia, one of the most affected sub-districts.

We will be providing extensive support to the affected families.