Sunday, 3 July, 2022

5 killed as nor’wester lashes parts of country

5 killed as nor’wester lashes parts of country
A nor’wester lashes different parts of the country on Saturday. From top left clockwise: A house was razed to the ground in Bandabila in Bagherpara of Jashore, the tin-shed roof of Mangalbari Union Parishad Market blown off in Dhamoirhat in Naogaon, a level-crossing bar broke down in Bogura district town and hundreds of birds died in Bogura Municipality Park area. – SUN PHOTO

A nor’wester accompanied by rain and gusty wind swept through different parts of the country on Saturday, leaving at least five people dead and several others injured.

The storm, which lasted for few minutes in the early morning, also damaged a number of houses and crops on vast areas, uprooted trees and snapped power connections in many areas. Seasonal fruits were also damaged.

The affected districts include Cumilla, Barishal, Patuakhali, Noakhali, Chandpur, Jhenaidah, Magura, Narail, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Bhola and Jashore.

A sand-carrying bulkhead and a trawler capsized in the Meghna and Padma rivers respectively in Bhola during the storm.

In Bogura, Shahin Alam Prodhan, 42, of Majhpara village in Kahalu upazila, and Abdul Halim, 42, of Bri-kushita village in Shjahanpur upazila, were killed as trees fell on them during the nor’wester.

An easy-bike driver named Abdus Sukur, 40, was killed in Chakaria of Cox’s Bazar as he was hit by a falling tree.

In Dinajpur, Altaf Hossain, 45, was killed by a lightning strike during the storm while Ruposhi Khatun died in Jhenaidah.

The weather department recorded 42mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours till 6am on Saturday.

"Showers are likely to occur in Dhaka, Rangpur and Bogura districts in the next 24 hours,” said Monowar Hossain, a meteorologist at Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

The capital also woke up to a rainy morning.

Though the showers brought the much-needed reprieve to the residents from the sizzling summer heat, they brought back the obvious miseries -- rush-hour traffic snarls.

The worst affected were the office-goers and school-going children as traffic crawled in several busy stretches of the densely populated metropolis due to the rains.

A sand-carrying bulkhead capsized in the Meghna River while another bulkhead hit three makeshift shops on the Padma River bank during a storm in Bhola in the morning.

Fortunately no one was injured during the incidents, said Shahjalal Badsha, officer-in-charge of Elish river police station in Bhola.

According to locals, the bulkhead named MV Tamim Shamim sank near Tulatali terminal when a nor’wester hit the area around 7:30am.

Six labourers of the vessel were rescued by local people.

Meanwhile, another bulkhead named MV Hridoy anchored near Mach Ghat hit a tea stall and two fish selling shops, leaving them completely damaged during the storm, the OC said.

Two farmers went missing in the morning after a paddy-laden trawler capsized in the Padma River amid stormy weather near Louhajang turning point in Munshiganj district.

 The missing farmers were identified as Helal Fakir, 50, and Alo Fakir, 60.

The trawler with 15 passengers, all farmers, on board sank in the river while they were returning home after harvesting paddy at Arial Beel with some 150 maunds of paddy.

Thirteen farmers were rescued alive with the help of nearby vessels after the accident, said Abdul Awal, upazila nirbahi officer of Louhajang.

He said fire service men were informed while locals were trying to trace the missing farmers.

“The trawler was moving defying the ban on trawler movement due to inclement weather and action will be taken in this regard,” the UNO said.

According to the regular BMD bulletin, rain or thunder showers with intense lightning flashes and temporary gusty and squally wind is likely to occur at many places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions and at a few places in Khulna and Barishal divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country.

A mild heat wave is sweeping through the districts of Jashore and Satkhira and it may abate.

Day temperature may fall by 1-2 degrees Celsius and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged, as per the bulletin.

Meanwhile, the well-marked low over the Gulf of Martaban and adjoining Myanmar intensified into a depression first and then weakened into a well-marked low over northwest Thailand and adjoining Myanmar.

Trough of low extends from Bihar to North Bay across West Bengal and southern part of Bangladesh.