Nor’wester kills three in capital

Special Correspondent

1 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Nor’wester kills three in capital

A large tree falls on a car and a motorbike on Minto Road in the capital during a nor’wester on Sunday evening. Two motorcyclists are trying to pull out their motorbike from beneath the tree after the storm. - Kamrul Islam Ratan

A nor’wester lashed the capital, killing at least three people and uprooting trees and electricity poles in different areas in the city on Sunday evening.

Victim Dulal, 40, a pickup van driver, died when a wall collapsed on a tin-shed building in Shewrapara, OC of Mirpur Police Station, Dadon Fakir, confirmed.

Another victim Md Hanif, 45, was fatally wounded when a brick fell on him from a building in Paltan area of the city.

He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

Paltan Police Station, however, was not confirmed about the building from which the brick fell.

Another victim was a woman who could not be identified. She died when an uprooted tree fell on her in parliament area, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station OC Jan-e-Alam said.

The city people also experienced power disruption as the storm affected the Amin Bazar grid substation.

The monsoon storm hit the capital city at around 6:15 pm and lasted for a few minutes, according to the Met Office.

It recorded a wind speed of 74 km per hour and 17 mm of rain during the storm, said Meteorologist Bazlur Rashid.

The sudden rain caused a widespread traffic chaos in the city, causing sufferings on those returning home from their offices. 

UNB’s Manikganj correspondent reports that ferry and launch services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma River were suspended due to the sudden stormy weather in the afternoon.

Zillur Rahman, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), said the authorities suspended the water transport services on the route from 5:40 pm due to the inclement weather.

A total of 16 ferries and around 400 vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the river, said the official adding that the services will be resumed when the weather condition improves.

The latest Met Office bulletin said rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Khulna, Barishal and Rajshahi divisions.

The monsoonal storm also hit several districts in the country.

Rain or thundershowers may continue for the subsequent two days.