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6 killed as nor'wester sweeps across the country

  • Published at 09:52 pm May 17th, 2019
A pandal that collapsed at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Friday evening during a storm killing one and injuring at least 16 people Focus Bangla

In Dhaka, three were killed and 16 injured as hail and rain swept through the city on Friday evening

At least six people were killed and dozens injured as a nor'wester swept through three districts of Bangladesh on Friday.

In Dhaka, three were killed and 16 injured as hail and rain swept through the city on Friday evening.

Among the deceased, Md Shafikul Islam, 38, died after a pandal collapsed at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after the nor’wester struck post iftar in the evening.

He was rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where the duty doctor declared him dead around 8 pm, said Inspector Md Bacchu Mia of the hospital police outpost.

Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Jalil said 150-200 people were trapped when the pandal collapsed, and were later rescued by firefighters.

Meanwhile, two people were killed as a wall collapsed on them during the storm in Badda, said Badda police station OC (investigation) Abdur Razzak.

The victims—Bulbul, 27, from Narail district, and tea stall worker Tapan, 28, from Nilphamari—were declared dead at DMCH, he said.

Islamic Foundation has formed a probe committee to investigate the Baitul Mukarram incident.

Anisur Rahman , secretary of Religious Affairs Ministry, and Kazi Nurul Islam, secretary of Islamic Foundation visited the victims at DMCH.

In Naogaon, two workers were killed struck by lightning in the Porsha upazila of Naogaon in the afternoon, reports UNB.

The deceased were identified as Hasan Ali, 30, of Ganair village of the upazila, and Shafinur Islam, 28, of Bitlitola village of Chapainawabganj's Shibganj upazila.

A thunderbolt struck them when they were working in a paddy field around 5:30pm, said Porsha police station OC Shahinur Rahman.

In Rajshahi, a former union parishad chairman died after a brick fell over him in the evening nor’wester at Rajshahi.

The deceased was identified as Abdus Sobhan Sarkar, 65, president of BNP Banesshor union unit of Puthia upazila, confirmed Puthia police station OC Sakil Ahmed.

Sobhan was severely injured and died on the way to the hospital, added OC Sakil.

In several places of the Rajshahi, mango orchards and crops were damaged and there was a power cut for several hours in the district.

Meanwhile in Pabna, nor’wester uprooted at least 30 trees which blocked a rail line for three hours that connects Dhaka to north and south of the country.

Pabna Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) said locals and men of fire service cut the trees from the rail line and freed the railway in Bhangura upazila around 9pm.

Our Correspondents Aminul Islam Babu, DMCH, Arifur Rahman Rabbi, Dulal Abdullah, Rajshahi, and Emroz Khandakar, Pabna contributed to this report