Hailstorm kills 7 person, damages 15,000 houses, crops, fruits across the country

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Desk report, Mar 30: Hailstorm twinned with gusty wind have hit different regions of Bangladesh, leaving at least seven people dead injured over 50 people across the country on Friday.

Hailstorm coupled with rain have also damaged crops, houses and educational institutions in several northern districts as well other many part of the country.

Hailstorm also damaged at least 15,000 houses in different districts.

Two died in Magura and Dinajpur after being hit by hailstones.

People said never before had they seen such big hailstones pouring down from the sky.

Hailstorm wreaked havoc also in Sylhet, Dinajpur, Pabna, Nilphamari, Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat, Jhenaidah, Thakurgaon, Rajshahi and Meherpur districts.

The hailstorm coupled with rain damaged crops and houses in Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur and several other districts.

In Sylhet, a passerby died when the tin roof of a house collapsed while a child drowned during the onslaught on Friday.

In Dinajpur, one person was killed in Parbotipur due to hailstorm, the season’s first natural calamity. The deceased was identified as Syed Ali (55) son of Lal Mohammad of village Chaitapara in Chandipur UP under Parbotipur upazila.

In Niphamari, a hailstorm, accompanied by rain, hit Domar, Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas, leaving 50 people injured and disrupting power supply for several hours. Besides, 15,000 tin-shed houses including primary schools were also damaged.

The worst-affected unions are Zorabari, Gomanti, Bamunia, Bhogdaburi, Ketkibari unions under Domar upazila while Mirganj, Shimulbnari and Golna unions in Jaldhaka upazila and Khalishachapani and Naotara unions in Dimla upazila.

The power supply was disrupted for several hours as tree branches fell on the electric lines on Sayedpur-Nilphamari road due to storm, said Abu Sayed, executive engineer of North West Power Distribution Company.

In Panchagarh, a violent hailstorm that swept a number of villages in Sadar upazila badly damaged mango and litchi buds and different crops.

Locals said the hailstorm that struck early in the morning and ended 9am also damaged hybrid tomatoes and watermelons on a vast track of land during its fury.

Kamarjani, Kunderpara, Prodhaner Bazar, Jhakurer Bhita, Goghat, Kharjani, Dariapur, Karaibari, Counciler Bazar and Nayagani were among the worst-affected 19 villages under Haribhasa, Hafizabad and Kamat Kajoldighi unions.

Nuruzzaman, a farmer at Haribhasa union, said he cultivated hybrid tomatoes and watermelons, but they were totally destroyed. “I’ve lost all of my capital,” he added.

Azizar Rahman, a farmer at Chaklahat union, said most of buds of litchis and mangoes were damaged as the hailstorm lashed the union.

Local agriculture office has recorded 37 mm rain in Sadar upazila.

Officials at the Department of Agricultural Extension visited the affected areas to assess the extent of losses, said Shamsul Haque, deputy director of district DAE office.

The electricity supply also remained suspended in the district till 5pm following the hailstorm.

In Magura, Akram Hossain Molla, 50, son of Madan Molla of Polita Beroil village in the sadar upazila died Sufian.

Ten others were injured as hailstorm swept through the entire upazila, he added.

In Jessore, Laizu Khatun, 19, died from electrocution as a live electric wire fell on her at Prembag in Abhaynagar upazila this evening during a storm, said Syed Sawkat Hossain, member of Prembag Union Parishad.

Two others –Oishee and Fatema- sustained injuries in the incident while they were going to a nearby shop.

Oishee was admitted to Jessore General Hospital while Fatema was sent to Khulna Medical College Hospital for treatment.