7 killed, houses damaged as nor’wester structs Rajshahi, C’nawabganj

RAJSHAHI-Four people were killed and many dwelling houses and standing crops were damaged badly as nor'wester lashed the districts on Sunday and Monday evening.

According to police and local sources, the deceased were identified as

Faridul Islam, 48, son of Azizul Islam of Sapura area in Rajshahi metropolis,Alam Ali Munshi, 50, son of Ataur Munshi of Kalabagan area under Paba upazila, Asya Begum, 45, wife of Ansar Ali of Shyampur village in Charghat upazila and Munsur Rahman, 40, son of Harun-or-Rashid, 40, of Belghoaria under Durgapur Upazila.

Meanwhile, two women were killed in lightning at Shibganj in

Chapainawabganj on Monday evening.

The victims were identified as Chhobi Begum, 30, wife of Rup Chand of

Chalk Doulatpur and Masuma Begum, 26, wife of Abdur Rashid of Biswanathpur village while they were collecting fallen mango.

Quoting locals Habibul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shibganj Police Station,said the incident took place around 5:45 in the evening.

A pedestrian Asabul Haque, 38, son of late Mozaffar Ali of Nimtala area was killed when a tree branch collapsed on his head during the storm at Gomostapur area on Monday evening, said Shahin Kamal, Officer-in-Charge of Gomostapur Police Station.

Meanwhile, three people went on missing as a boat capsized in the Padma River during the storm on Sunday evening. The boat capsized while it was carrying five people to the Rajshahi city's Dargah from a nearby char area around 7:00pm. Two of the passengers managed to swim ashore but five others went missing since then, according to fire fighters.

Local met office sources said the velocity of the wind was 90 to 95

kilometres per hour that disrupted power supply totally in the city.

Besides, the storm damaged crops on a vast track of land and uprooted

trees of mango in the two districts. The gusty wind along with rainfall started at around 7pm and continued for over 45 minutes on Sunday.

Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer of Regional Fruit Research

Station, told the journalists that extent of loss of mango, litchi and other summer fruits caused by the storm might be at least 10 percent. Due to the nor-wester, traffic movement on highways and many other local roads was disrupted for sometimes as many trees were seen collapsed on the roads.

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Noor-Ur-Rahman and Deputy Commissioner Kazi Ashraf Uddin accompanied by others concerned visited some of the affected areas under Paba Upazila in Rajshahi. They distributed Taka 50,000 in cash among 25 affected people there instantly Monday noon.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)