Dhaka, Feb 24: At least two minor children were killed leaving 20 people injured when a gusty wind whipping up whirling dusts triggered a shower of hails over the country including the capital city Dhaka on Wednesday that disrupted the power supply for some time flattening electric poles and snapping wires.
Two minor girls were killed in nor`wester in Madhabdi municipality area of Sadar Upazila of the district on Wednesday noon.
The deceased were identified as Chumki Aktar, 4 and Beethi Aktar, 6, daughters of Abdul Halim Mia.
Boundary wall of the Supreme Court was also collapsed due to gusty weather and additional security forces have been deployed in the areas.
Meanwhile, an earth carrying bulkhead capsized in the high winds in the Dhaleswari river in Narayanganj leaving six workers missing.
In capital, most of the injuries were reported from the central Shahid Minar when the sudden hailstorm pelted the Community Health Care providers who went into a ‘fast- un- to death’ programme pressing for their various demands.
The noon winds, hails of the size of pebbles also disrupted the Ekushey book fair at the Bangla Academy and its extended areas on the Suhrawarddy Uddyan, halting business for over two hours, damaging at least 50 stalls, whose plywood roofs were not prepared to be pounded by heavy hails, rains and winds.
It forced many visitors running away looking for shelters to escape the fury of the hailstorm.
The storm also threw many into disarray on the streets searching desperately for shelters.
The rickshaws and auto-rickshaws disappeared from the city streets for sometime causing trouble for people out on business in the streets.
The rickshaw peddlers who braved the storm hiked their fares as usual along with their motorized counter parts. other transports were also difficult to get.
A fallen tree on the street in font of the residence of the Chief Justice briefly disrupted the traffic in the area until it was removed.
It also damaged many other trees, stripping them of their leaves which filled the streets and pavements, appearing as a turf of green and yellowish fallen leaves strewn like carpets.
The rains and the winds also helped many city trees shake off layers of dust gathering after a long absence of good rains that also helped the ciuizens breathe a lungful of clean air for sometime till the city traffic rose to its peak spewing out smokes,mainly from diesel powered buses and transports .