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Landslide kills 4 of a family

Landslide caused by torrential rains killed four members of a family at Kalyanpara in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar yesterday, three days after landfall Thursday killed nine people there.

The dead were identified as labourer Nurul Hashim Lalu, 30, his wife Madina Khatun, 22, their daughter Rehana Begum, 7, and son Redwan, 3. The couple's three-month-old son survived the disaster, reported news agency UNB.

Meantime, another person was killed in a landslide at Mahajanpara in Cox's Bazar town, reported our Chittagong correspondent.

Officer-in-charge at Teknaf Police Station said the four were buried alive when a large chunk of earth came tumbling down onto their thatched house at the foot of a hill at about 12:30pm. Police recovered the bodies.

The family, who were to leave the house yesterday at the behest of the local administration, were having their lunch at the time.

Deputy Commissioner Sajjadul Hasan said authorities had evacuated 120 families from vulnerable areas at Kalyanpara after the Thursday tragedy.

Many residents were, however, unwilling to move to safer places even after repeated announcement, he said.

"I've now instructed the law enforcers to forcibly move them to safer places," he added.

Deputy Commissioner of Cox's Bazar Sajjadul Hasan, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Altaf Hossain and other government officials visited the spot in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a person was killed in another landslide at Mahajanpara in Cox's Bazar town at around 4:00pm.

The dead was identified as Mostak Ahmad, 35.

Local people recovered the body at about 7:00pm.

Earlier, nine people were killed in landslides caused by torrential rain at Dumperang and Fakirapura in Cox's Bazar on July 3.

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