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People trying to salvage a vehicle inundated in rainwater as downpour caused by a low over the Bay of Bengal flood many areas of Chittagong city yesterday. Photo: STAR

Tornadoes, mudslides and boat and trawler capsizes killed at least nine persons and injured over 100 across the country while 32 others have remained missing as heavy rainfall fell, caused by a well-marked low in the Bay which inundated the Chittagong region. The low pressure developed in the northern Bay of Bengal and started moving towards the shore in the evening. It may turn into a land depression and may cause heavy rainfall in Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet divisions until this afternoon. All fishing boats have been advised to stay in shelter until further notice. Movement of vehicles smaller than 65 feet in length on 108 river routes was also suspended until further orders. Torrential rainfall completely paralysed normal life yesterday. Logged water has made movement of city dwellers completely impossible in most areas. Rickshaws and vans became the only modes of transport for the people stuck at different places. The rain also caused immense suffering to day labourers and low-income people. The city kitchen markets faced a serious dearth of supply of essentials. Three people including two children were killed and two others were injured in a landslide caused by the onrush of heavy shower in Kaukhali upazila of Rangamati yesterday morning. Sources said a large chunk of earth fell straight on the thatched house around 8.30am yesterday. In Bandarban, road connection with other districts was snapped due to heavy rainfall and mudslide from hills. In Khagrachhari, over 20,000 people were marooned and took shelter on high land and structures yesterday as the onrush of hill water and heavy rain flooded 25 villages under six upazilas. In Patuakhali, four trawlers with 29 fishermen were capsized in rough sea. A Kuakata-bound trawler rescued 24 fishermen swimming in the sea. Relatives of the missing fishermen gathered in Kuakata and Mohipur areas to see if they returned. At least five people were killed and more than one hundred injured when tornadoes ripped through the southern coastal districts and the south-central parts of the country on Monday night. Over 100 fishermen were reported missing as 18 fishing trawlers capsized in the River Passur during storms caused by land depression. The gale also damaged hundreds of thatched houses and crops and uprooted trees in their thousands and some electrical poles, disrupting road communication and snapping power supply in the districts. A tornado that lashed five remote villages of Shahrasti upazila on Monday injured at least 25 people and damaged around 100 houses.
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