3 killed, 25 injured in storm in city

5 killed in lightning strikes in 2 districts

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:00, May 17,2019 | Updated: 02:52, May 18,2019

 
 

A fire fighter removes structures of a collapsed pandal at Baitul Mukarram Mosque after a sudden storm swept through the area on Friday evening. — Ali Hossain Mintu

At least three people were killed and 25 were injured as a nor’wester lashed Dhaka Friday evening, said fire service and the police.
A devotee was killed and several were injured as a makeshift canopy erected over the southern terrace of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque collapsed on devotees, who were on prayers, being hit by the nor’wester at about 7:00pm.
Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost in-charge sub-inspector Bachchu Mia told reporters that the deceased was identified as Shafikul Islam, 40.
About 22 injured were rushed to the hospital.
The incident took place shortly after iftar, the breaking of fast by Muslims.
Fire service deputy assistant director Khandoker Abdul Jalil told United News of Bangladesh that 150-200 people were trapped when the canopy, measuring about 300X100 feet, collapsed.
‘A man was killed and 20-22 were injured,’ he said.
Two pedestrians were killed when a wall collapsed on them in Badda Ring Road, said Badda police station sub-inspector Golam Mostafa.
He said that the victims — transport worker Bulbul Bishwash and Tapan — were walking on the road during rain and storm.
Meteorologist Hafizur Rahman said that a storm with a highest speed of 93km per hour was recorded in the capital while 23mm rain was also recorded in the city.
In Chapainawabganj, two farmers were killed in lightning strike at Balidanga union of Sadar upazila, reported New Age correspondent in Chapainawabganj.
Chairman of the union parishad Tarikul Islam said that Rezaul Haque and Md Musa, residents of Srirampur village, were killed in lightning strike while they were in paddy field.
Disaster management control room officials said that three more people were killed in lightning strike in Naogaon.
Rail communications between northern districts and rest of the country snapped for about four hours on Friday as trees fell on tracks in Pabna causing huge sufferings to the passengers.
Bangladesh Railway west zone officials said that at about 5:50pm trees fell on tracks in Bhangura-Lahirimohal section in Pabna halting the movement of trains.
At about 9:30, the communications resumed on the line, said officials.
Trains on the routes delayed by 3:38 hours, they added.

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