A landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 12 people in Bangladesh's border district of Cox's Bazar

A landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 12 people in Bangladesh's border district of Cox's Bazar
The victims of Tuesday's incident were buried under mud when surrounding hills gave way under a deluge of rain, Al-Jazeera reported.

Eleven people died in Naniarchar including a family of four, while several people remained missing, district administrator Mamunur Rashid told the AFP news agency.

Aid agencies have been warning of the potential for a humanitarian catastrophe over the coming months as heavy rains lash an area home to the world's largest refugee camp.

Landslides have so far killed at least 13 people this week, including a Rohingya boy who was crushed to death by a collapsing mud wall at the Kutupalong refugee camp on Monday.


Some 200,000 Rohingya who live on hills around the refugee camps are at risk of death or injury from monsoon rains, officials and relief agencies have said.

Many of the hills around the settlements have been cleared of trees to build shelters, making the land highly unstable.

Nearly 29,000 people have been moved to new locations ahead of the monsoon but the risk of a tragedy remains high.

Caroline Glick from the UN Refugee Agency said many refugees were at risk of landslides as they lived on steep slopes.

"In just one area of the camp I discovered almost 20 families have had to be relocated and almost 30 houses have been damaged due to landslides," she added.

The region is forecast to receive 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) of rainfall during the monsoon season - roughly triple what Britain gets in a year.

Last year, monsoon rains triggered landslides in Cox's Bazar and the nearby Chittagong hill tracts, killing at least 170 people.