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Cyclone Fani: 14 killed in 8 districts

Photo shows wreckage of collapsed houses as cyclonic storm Fani struck Noakhali on Saturday, May 04, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The cyclonic storm battered the coastal districts of the country and destroyed hundreds of houses

At least 14 people have been killed and scores injured in eight districts after cyclonic storm Fani struck the coastal areas of Bangladesh, destroying hundreds of houses and trees.

The casualties occurred in Noakhali, Bhola, Lakshmipur, Patuakhali, Bagerhat, Kishoreganj, Netrokona and Brahmanbaria districts on Friday and Saturday.

In Noakhali, two-year-old Md Ismail, son of Abdur Rahman of Char Aminul Haque village, died and 30 others injured in Char Wapda and in Char Jabbar unions of Subarnachar upazila.

Iqbal Hasan, upazila-level government official and also duty officer of Subarnachar upazila control room, said: "A minor has been killed and several others of the family injured when the house collapsed on them during storm.

"Moreover, 30 villagers were also injured  as the storm destroyed over hundred houses in the two unions."

The injured persons were being treated at Subarnachar Upazila Health Complex, he added.

On the other hand, in Char Kakra union in Companiganj upazila, a sixth grader Jhumur died when a tree branch fell on her after she went outside of her house around 7am to collect mangoes shaken off by the storm.

District Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tonmoy Das said the deceased was identified as Nazmun Nahar Jhumur, 12, daughter of Abdul Hamid of Char Kakra union.

In Bhola, a woman, Rani Begum, 45, wife of Samsul Haque of Dakshin Dighaldi union in Bhola sadar upazila, was killed after the house collapsed on her during storm on Saturday morning.

Bhola Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Kamal Hossain confirmed the matter, saying hundreds of houses in the district have been destroyed by the storm Fani.  

In Lakshmipur, a woman, Anwara Begum, 70, was killed in house collapse in Char Algi village of Ramgati upazila on Saturday morning, the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Rafiqul Islam told Dhaka Tribune.

In Patuakhali, a motorcyclist, Habibur Rahman Musulli, 25, was injured when a heavy tree branch fell on him during storm in Manastali area of Kuakata municipality on Friday evening.

He succumbed to his injuries around 11pm while undergoing treatment at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital, said Kuakata municipal Mayor Abdul Barek Molla.

In Bagerhat, another woman, Shahanur Begum, 50, wife of Mozahar Hawladar of Ranjitpur village in Bagerhat sadar upazila, was killed after a tree branch fell on her during storm on Friday afternoon.

Jubo League leader Sheikh Alfaz, a relative of the deceased, said: “She [Shaharun] was working in front of the house when suddenly the heavy branch hit her."

Fakir Kahamuddin, chairman of Khanpur union parishad, also confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

In Kishoreganj, six people including a seven-year old were killed in lightning strikes in Mithamain, Itna and Pakundia upazilas as storm hits the area on Friday afternoon.

Pakundia police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Ilias said the deceased were identified as Sumon Mia, 7, Md Mohiuddin, 22, Rubel Das, 26, Asad Mia, 45, Nurunnahar and Mojibur Rahman, 17.

In Netrokona, a farmer, Abdul Barek, 35, was killed after being hit by lightning in Madan upazila of Netrokona on Friday afternoon, said Madan police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Ramizul Haque.

In Brahmanbaria, another farmer, Apel Mia, 20, son of Urmuz Ali Mia of Bagdahar village, was killed when lightning stroke him in Nabiganar upazila of Brahmanbaria on Friday evening, said Nabinagar police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Ranajit Roy.