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12:00 AM, April 02, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:41 AM, April 02, 2019

Nor'wester lashes through different dists

Kills one, damages hundreds of houses; large area still out of power

Nor'westers on Sunday and early yesterday morning left one elderly woman dead in Kishoreganj, while damaged at least 300 houses and various other structures in Moulvibazar and Khagrachhari.

The woman was identified as Joyed Banu, 78, wife of late Abdul Halim of Hatrapara village in Karimganj, reports our correspondent in Mymensingh.

Joyed Banu died in her sleep when a tree fell down on her tin-roofed house during a storm around 4:00am yesterday, Mominul Islam, officer-in-charge of Karimganj Police Station, said quoting locals.

In Kulaura and Kamalganj upazilas of Moulvibazar, most areas are still without power as two back to back storms on Sunday and early yesterday morning damaged at least 300 houses and snapped power lines across the upazilas, reports our Moulvibazar correspondent. 

The storm accompanied by hail and rain damaged paddy fields and uprooted a large number of trees and electric poles in the affected areas.

Shamshernagar and Patanushar unions in Kamalganj upazila; and Joychandi, Kulaura Sadar, Karmadha, Prithimpasha and Sharifpur unions in Kulaura upazila experienced the most damage.

In Kulaura Sadar and Karmadha unions of Kulaura upazila, nearly a thousand villagers were still without power supply since the storm on Sunday.

Mohon Roy, a resident of Patanushar village in Kamalganj upazila, said they had been without electricity for the last three days, even before the first storm lashed out on the upazila on Sunday.

Imran Hossain Selim, a trader in Brahmanbazar area of Kulaura, said power had been out for 19 straight hours since Sunday.

Power Development Board (PDB) and Rural Electrification Board officials said they restored power in most municipalities by yesterday noon. They were still working on to restore electricity in other areas.

Many villagers however said electrical meters and other equipment were burnt out soon after power was restored in many households.  

Bakhor Ali Khan, chairman of Prithimpasha Union Parishad in Kulaura, said he already sent a list of storm-affected families in his union to the upazila administration.

Executive Engineer of PDB in Moulvibazar Shamim Ahmed said it takes five to six hours to locate faults in a distribution line because many such lines are laid through inaccessible landscapes such as haors and hills.

Ashraf Ali, an officer of disaster management and relief ministry in Moulvibazar, said they already sought data of damage caused by the storms from upazila nirbahi officers in the affected upazilas.

In Khagrachhari, at least 12 pre-primary education centres -- five in Khagrachhari Sadar and seven in Guimara upazila -- and many other houses and structures were damaged by yesterday's storm, reports our Khagrachhari correspondent.

The extent of damage in the entire district could not be known as of filing this report yesterday afternoon.

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