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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Death Toll in Bangladesh Rises to 105

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh -- The death toll from a torrent of mudslides, flooding and lightning in southeastern Bangladesh rose to 105 Tuesday after rescuers found 14 more bodies, officials and witnesses said.

The worst-hit area was a congested shantytown in the hilly port city of Chittagong, where large chunks of hill collapsed and buried dozens of bamboo and straw shacks.

Army rescuers pulled at least 21 bodies from the debris Tuesday, a city official said. Two other bodies were recovered from a downtown pond, he added.

More than 50 more people were reported missing in the shantytown near a military area, the official said.

The slum's estimated 700 residents were mostly migrant workers and their families, who lived in clusters of straw and bamboo or mud and tin shanties built along the slopes or at the bottom of the dirt hills, survivors said.

One survivor, Dulu Mia Munshi, a rickshaw puller, lost five family members, including his wife and two young sons.

"There was a sudden rush of mud and water, and our home was swept away," Munshi said by mobile phone from his hospital bed. Five other neighboring shanties on a slope, with 22 inhabitants, were also washed away.

About 22 centimeters of rain fell in just three hours early Monday, the local weather bureau said.

Munshi and his mother-in-law, who had left their hut minutes before, were the only survivors.

"My sons, aged 8 and 10, slept next to each other," he said, recalling the last time he saw his children.