Published: Monday, May 6, 2013

Rangpur, Satkhira Districts

Boy killed, over 500 houses damaged by nor’wester

Boy killed, over 500 houses damaged by nor’wester

A house lies mangled at Talukkandi village in Pirgachha upazila. Photo: Star

 

Boy killed, over 500 houses damaged by nor’wester

A farmer gives a bleak look at his damaged boro field at Rajarampur village in Badarganj upazila as a violent storm lashed the two upazilas of Rangpur district on Saturday night. Photo: Star

A schoolboy was killed and over 500 dwelling houses were damaged as nor’wester lashed Rangpur and Satkhira districts yesterday and on Saturday night.
The boy, Yasin Arafat, 9, a class three student of Joynagar Government Primary School under Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira, was killed as a roadside tree fell on him during the storm that swept through the village under Kashimari union at around 2:00pm yesterday, reports our correspondent.
Locals took the Arafat, son of Sheikh Abdul Hakim of the village, to Shyamnagar Upazila Health Complex where the doctors declared him dead.
The storm, which lasted for 15 minutes, uprooted many trees and damaged some thatched houses, boro paddy at other villages of the union.
Our Rangpur correspondent reported that nor’wester lashed 55 villages under Badarganj and Pirgachha upazilas on Saturday night, damaging at least 500 houses and Irri-boro paddy.
Pirgachha upazila administration sources said around 200 thatched and tin-roofed houses were ravaged by the storm at 20 villages under the upazila.
The affected villages are Itakumari, Kaliganj, South Anantaram, Pirgachha, Anantaram, Machhuapara, Jhinia, Taluk, Dudhibari, Koikuri, Mirapara, Mokrampur, Taluk Kandi, Dadan, Phathak Shikar, Monirampur, Teani Moniram, Doani Moniram, Nojpara and Majhbari.
Upazila Prishad (UP) Cairman Abdul Kader Mondol said the nor’wester accompanied by rain and hail uprooted several hundred trees and electric poles and damaged Iri-boro paddy and other crops on vast tracts of land.
Aftab Hossain, Pirgachha uazila agriculture officer, told this correspondent that irri-boro paddy on around 1,041 hectares, jute on around 61 hectares, and vegetables on around 20 hectares of land were damaged by the storm.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) AKM Sarwar Jahan asked the agriculture officer to make a list of the affected people.
In Badarganj upazila, the storm lashed 35 villages under five unions, damaging at least 300 houses, irri-boro paddy and other crops.
The worst affected villages are Razarampur, Naopara, Kashiganj, Dolapara, Poukorpara and Kaljani.
Ziaul Haque, Badarganj upazila agriculture officer told this correspondent that irri-boro paddy on around 5,000 hectares, jute on around 1,000 hectares, and vegetables on around 100 hectares were damaged.