Death rate crosses 140 in the landslide at Bangladesh. Villagers were taking refuge in government shelters.
To clear paths for rescue workers, villagers joined firefighters and soldiers in cutting fallen trees and clearing mud and debris unleashed by the landslips on Tuesday in five hilly districts.
But rescuers have been unable to get heavy machinery to the remote areas to help dig through the debris, military spokesman Rezaul Karim said.
“We are using the speedboat to reach some of the affected spots. It is almost impossible to reach many of the affected places by road,” said Shah Kamal, Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management.
With cellphone services and power cut off in the region, information was slow to trickle out.
Another 28 were killed in the coastal Chittagong district, six died in Bandarban, two in Cox’s Bazar and one in Khagrachhari.