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Monsoons inundate Bangladesh; mudslides, floods, lightning kill over 100

June 11, 2007
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh: The heaviest monsoon rains in years have hammered Bangladesh in recent days, triggering mudslides, floods and lightning strikes that have left at least 108 people dead and scores more missing, officials said Tuesday.
The annual monsoon rains have spread across Bangladesh in the past few days, and the rains — the heaviest recorded in seven years — have also inundated parts of the capital, Dhaka, and other regions of the country.
Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 150 million people, is buffeted by floods that kill hundreds of people every year and often displace millions.
At least 97 perished in the hilly port city Chittagong, city official Nur Sulaiman said. Army rescuers pulled at least 28 bodies from the debris, and two more from a nearby pond, he said. Another 67 bodies were recovered on Monday.
Lightning strikes killed 11 people Monday in the neighboring districts of Cox's Bazar, Noakhali and Brahmmanbaria, the Flood and Disaster Management Ministry said.
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