RESCUERS searched door to door in south-eastern Bangladesh yesterday looking for survivors after massive landslides killed at least 140 people.
Whole villages were overwhelmed by the surging mud, which swept away some roads and blocked others in the calamity on Tuesday.
Soldiers were building a temporary bridge to reach the worst-hit district of Rangamati, where half of its 4,500 people were having to seek refuge in government shelters.
Disaster Management Secretary Shah Kamal said that “the devastation is huge” and it would take days to restore full access to the area.
Matters were made worse by the landslides cutting off power. The injured were being treated in hospitals where doctors worked by candlelight.
Rescue workers resorted to using boats to reach some areas, while in more remote parts villagers joined firefighters and soldiers to cut up fallen trees and remove debris where heavy machinery could not be brought in.