Over 8 lakh REB consumers still out of power

Injured cyclone victim dies in Satkhira

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:45, Nov 12,2019


Over eight lakh customers of Rural Electrification Board in coastal districts remained without power until Tuesday evening though the authorities are struggling to restore power lines that were damaged due to cyclone Bulbul.

Besides, an injured victim in Satkhira died Monday night, raising the death toll in the cyclone to 23, as the police handed the bodies of 10 deceased of a fishing boat in Barishal, reports received from the districts said.

‘The storm has broken  2000 electric poles, damaged 308 power transformers, 1,200 household electric meters and power lines got snapped at 15,000 points,’ said REB deputy director Hafizur Rahman Tuesday evening.

He said they were yet to restore power supply of 16,000 kilometres supply line and about 8,20,000 customers still remained without power.

The REB officials said they expected to restore power to the affected areas by Wednesday evening.

New Age correspondent in Satkhira reported 65-year old Nisar Sardar of Mahandi in Tala in the district died while he was on way to Khulna Medical College Hospital from Tala Upazila Health Complex Monday night.

Tala police station officer-in-charge Mehedi Rasel said Nisar sustained critical injuries early Sunday when his thatched house, being hit by a large tree, fell on him when Bulbul had been crossing the area.

He was rushed to Tala Upazila Health Complex and was referred to KMCH for better treatment as his condition deteriorated.

New Age Correspondent in Barishal reported Mehendiganj police identified all the 10 bodies recovered on Sunday and Monday from the sunken fishing boat in the river Tentulia, on the estuary of the Meghna, on the Bokandia point in Mehendiganj and handed them over to their families.

The victims were Khorshed Maji, 40, Kamal Dalal,35, Abbash Munshi, 45, Hasan Molla, 38, Rafiq Biswas, 55, Nurunnabi  Bepari, 30, Mafij Mtabbar, 35,Najrul Islam, 35, Kabir Hossain, 40, Md. Billal, 32, all from different areas of Charfession of Bhola district, said sub-inspector Kamol Chandra Dey of Mehendiganj Police Station.

Bhola deputy commissioner Masud Alam Siddiki said 24 fishermen went to Chandpur on fishing boat Ammajan-2 amid rough weather ignoring restriction.

Of them, 10 survived by swimming ashore, bodies of 10 were found and four others are reported as missing, he said.

Earlier, 22 people were reported to be killed in cyclone Bulbul in 14 coastal districts until Monday evening.

The storm had made landfall on the Sunderbans coasts between Sagar Island in West Bengal and Bangladesh at about 9:00pm on Saturday with the maximum wind of 125 km per hour.

The National Disaster Response Coordination Centre in its preliminary assessment of the losses said that about 10.70 lakh people were affected by the storm in 325 unions in 14 districts.

About 12,35,000 houses, mostly thatched, were partially or completely damaged by the storm.

The centre said the storm also damaged crops on 1.5 lakh hectares, 314 educational institutions, 44 km of coastal embankments and fisheries on 1,244 hectares.

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