More than 50 people die in Bangladesh landslides

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Landslides triggered by heavy rain in southeast Bangladesh have buried dozens of homes and an army camp, killing at least 58 people.

The landslides hit villages in the Cox's Bazar hill and resort district, where officials said they recorded 25 cm of rainfall within 24 hours.

Among the dead were at least six soldiers camping on a hillside at Himchhari and four other army soldiers are missing.

Their colleagues joining rescue workers searching for bodies that may be buried under the mud.

Heavy rain was still pounding Cox's Bazar and nearby districts as well as offshore islands in the Bay of Bengal, and according to witnesses, low-lying areas have been flooded and communications have been disrupted.

Landslides hit hillside villages in south and northeastern districts almost every year during the monsoon season. At least 130 people died in the worst landslide in the port city of Chittagong in June 2007.

In the last few years, Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest and most densely populated countries, has seen an increase in intensity and frequency of climate-related problems.

A cyclone in 1991 killed about 140,000 people and another in late 2007 killed more than 3,300.

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