Early rains, gusty wind, lightning disrupt life in city, elsewhereStaff Correspondent
Life was briefly disrupted in the capital city and a few other places of the country by early rains with hailstorm, lightning and gusty wind on Saturday, the met office said.
Experts said it was not quite usual to have such weather in spring. City residents complained that they had to endure power outage during the sudden inclement weather.
The season’s first storm also hit the city’s power distribution network on Saturday evening, leaving many areas without power. Officials at Dhaka Power Distribution Company and Dhaka Electric Supply Company said electricity supply in most of the areas of the capital came to a halt after the storm. DPDC controls the city’s southeastern zone while Desco operates in northwestern zone of the city.
A Desco official said the 132 KV national grid in Tongi tripped at 6:15pm due to strong wind that led to the disruption in power supply in and around Tongi industrial belt.
He said three power substations in Tongi were shut down after the collapse of the Tongi grid. The Tongi grid substation resumed operation at 7:10pm after the storm, the official said.
New Age correspondent in Gazipur reports lightning killed two persons and left another injured, of the same family in Boliadi Sanaidah, a village in Kaliakoir in Gazipur at around 6 PM.
Nilufa Begum, 35, and her seven-year old daughter Reshmi Akhter died on the spot and her husband Hanu Mia, 40, suffered injuries.
They were sitting on the veranda of their residence at the time.
The met office in Dhaka recorded 36 millimeters of rainfall in the evening.
The met office said it recorded five mm of rainfall at Mongla.
Barisal experienced drizzles, it said.
Gazipur, Tangail, Khulna and Gopalganj also experiences rains with hailstorm, gusty wind and lightning of varying intensity, correspondents reported.
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