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Rain-triggered landslides kill dozens in Bangladesh

At least 57 people have been killed in landslides in three hilly districts of Bangladesh following heavy rains. One district received nearly a half meter of rain in the past 48 hours.

Rescue efforts have been slowed by bad weather and the death toll may rise, officials said.

"We have not been able to reach many of the affected places. Once the rains are over, we'll get a full picture of the damage and get the recovery work in full swing," Department of Disaster Management Reaz Ahmed told AFP.

The hardest hit districts were Rangamati, Chittagong and Bandarban in the southeast.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 508 millimeters (nearly 1.5 feet) of rain in Rangamati over the past two days.

Four soldiers working to clear a previous landslide in Rangamati were among the dead.

Telephone and transport links have also been cut off.

The nation of 160 million people is often hit by cyclones, floods and landslides during the rainy season. The latest heavy rains were caused by a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal.

Bangladesch Erdrutsche nach Monsunregen mindestens 25 Tote (Getty Images/AFP/Str)

Emergency crews struggled to find missing people as heavy rains hampered rescue efforts.

Last month, at least eight people died and thousands of homes destroyed after Cyclone Mora hit southeast Bangladesh.

In 2007, nearly 130 people were killed in a landslide in Chittagong. 

cw/rc (AFP, AP, dpa)

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