Nor’wester uproots 30 ‘butterfly’ street lights in Rajshahi | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 05, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:25 AM, April 05, 2021

Nor’wester uproots 30 ‘butterfly’ street lights in Rajshahi

The nor'wester that swept over Rajshahi city yesterday uprooted at least 30 poles of the recently installed butterfly-shaped street lights of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC).

The incident occurred only one and half months after installing the modern streetlights for the city's beautification, said RCC officials.

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One Md Fahad Ibna Mahafuz livestreamed the fall of some of the poles, while he was travelling to Godagari upazila.

"The poles were falling one after another. I had to cancel my journey. I've never seen a scene like this before," he said.

"The wind was strong. The poles were damaged only at parts of the street where the storm blew over," said RCC Executive Engineer Reazat Hossain. "Otherwise, we left no weakness in construction of the base for installing the poles."

He said the base was made of stones and concreate ready-mix, bought from Ena Properties Limited.

The local met office in Rajshahi described the nor'wester as a medium storm that went on for one hour and 45 minutes in four stages since 3:55pm.

The office recorded the strongest wind during the storm to be 65 kilometres per hour.

The corporation installed a total of 174 poles in the middle of February for holding 348 LED lights on the four-kilometre road, which goes from the city to Chapainawabganj.

The corporation spent Tk 5.22 crore for installation and procurement of lights.

RCC officials began working to restore the poles immediately after the storm was over, and hoped that they would restore all the fallen poles within that night.

Meanwhile, a huge street billboard was uprooted at Seroil area, halting movement on the street. Firefighters were working to remove the billboard at the time of filing this report.

Hail also accompanied the storm in Puthia and Bagha upazilas, causing harm to mango orchards, farmers said. 

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