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Nor'wester uproots trees in Dhaka

  • Published at 02:03 pm May 27th, 2020
DU Central Library - trees - storm - Kajal Abdullah
File photo: Uprooted trees and broken tree branches in front of the Dhaka University Central Library after a nor'wester coupled with hailstorm and rain swept the capital in the evening on Sunday, March 31, 2019 Courtesy of Kajal Abdullah

No casualties were reported in these incidents

Accompanied by rain and gusty wind, the nor'wester has swept across Dhaka pulling some trees out of the ground at places in the capital. 

The storm that started early Wednesday lashed the city and elsewhere in the country, continuing for hours intermittently.

Due to the storm, several trees were uprooted in Doel Chattar, High Court, Dhanmondi, Gulshan 1, and Karwan Bazar areas.

However, no casualties were reported in these incidents.

Mohammad Ershadullah, duty officer at the headquarters of Fire Service and Civil Defence, told Dhaka Tribune that a large tree fell down in the High Court area blocking both sides of the road. 

Two units of the fire service were working to remove the tree, he said.

Uprooted trees also choked a portion of roads in front of Taqwa mosque in  Dhanmondi and Doel Chattar areas where the fire service personnel were working to clear the thoroughfare, he continued.

Besides, the fire service members also removed the uprooted trees from Road No 27 of Gulshan 1 and Karwan Bazar, Ershadullah added.

The storm that occurred just a week after Cyclone Amphan and wreaked havoc on the coastal areas, brought some relief to the city dwellers who were suffering from hot weather. 

Md Aftab Uddin, a meteorologist of Dhaka Met Office, said: "The nor'wester was blowing with wind speed of 78kph in Dhaka. It was 83kph in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport area."

The Met Office recorded 63mm of rain in the last 24 hours, he said, adding that the sky in the capital will remain cloudy during the day.

Dhaka's temperature was 32.7°c on Tuesday which will go down to 22°c on Wednesday, the Met Office said. 

The Met Office, in its 24-hour forecast commencing 9am on Wednesday, said steep pressure gradient persists and trough of low lies over north Bay.

Light to moderate rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country, it said.

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