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Will hailstorms cause trouble for farmers?

  • 500 houses damaged in Sunamganj
  • Isolated hailstorm forecast for 3 districts
Update : 02 Apr 2024, 12:02 AM

The month of Chaitra, the very last month of the Bangla calendar, makes people’s lives uneasy and suffocating with its unbearable heat. The scorching sun burns the leaves on the trees and creates cracks in the fields. As a result, villagers, especially farmers, wait eagerly for the month of Boishakh, which is known for its rains and storms. It brings life to nature. 

But it is not quite Boishakh yet, and heavy hailstorms late on Sunday in parts of the country have raised fears of significant damage to crops.

The hailstones were so heavy that they damaged the glass of cars, CNG-run autorickshaws, and other vehicles. At least 500 houses were damaged in Sunamganj in the hailstorm, while at least 100 people were injured throughout the district.

In Gopalganj, the hailstorm left at least 40 people injured. They received treatment at the Upazila Health Complex. In Savar, the storm uprooted several electric poles and damaged houses.

Earlier, a nor'wester accompanied by hailstorms and lightning passed through the capital on March 24. With hailstones the size of cricket balls in some places, the nor'wester lasted almost an hour. Similar weather conditions were reported in many other districts across the country, including Comilla, Narsingdi, Narayanganj, and Mymensingh.

The Met Office on Monday forecast isolated hailstorms at places, including Mymensingh, Chittagong, and Sylhet divisions, in the next 24 hours.

Rainfall and level of water in rivers 

The country’s highest rainfall was recorded in Sylhet at 82mm yesterday, followed by Sunamganj at 77mm while it was 50mm in Moulvibazar.

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), the level of water in the rivers across the north-eastern regions of the country is currently on the rise. However, all the rivers are flowing below the danger mark, and there is no forecast for flooding anywhere in the country.  

Meanwhile, 35 stations witnessed a rise in the level of water across the country in the past 24 hours, while 11 others witnessed a fall. 

Forecast 

According to the latest bulletin of the Met Office, rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally winds is likely at one or two places in Mymensingh, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions. 

A mild heat wave is also sweeping across the regions of Rajshahi and Pabna, and it may spread.

The highest temperature on Sunday was 37.2 degrees Celsius in Rajshahi and the lowest temperature was 20 degrees in Sylhet yesterday.

Lightning strikes ring the alarm 

Lightning strikes are increasingly claiming lives in the vast haor regions of the country, where farmers and fishermen are the most affected. 

According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Bangladesh loses 300 lives per year due to lightning strikes, a figure that is starkly higher compared to that of the United States, with less than 20 deaths per year.

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