Barisal, Feb 24: A nor'wester accompanied by heavy rainfall swept over Barisal city and its adjoining areas on Wednesday morning.
The nor'wester reportedly wrecked havoc at Kashipur in the city, Babuganj and Banaripara areas for about seven hours on the day.
Five people have reportedly been injured as thunderbolt hit them during the storm.
The nor'wester also disrupted power supply, telecommunications services and snapped road and rail communication with affected areas.
Besides, scores of houses and educational institutions were razed to the ground. Moreover, hundreds of trees were uprooted, electric poles twisted and extensive damage caused to standing Boro crops in the district.
The met office recorded 15mm rainfall during the time.
Milon Hawladar, senior official at Barisal met office said the nor'wester that hit the region at about 6:20am continued till 6:05 pm with gusty winds at a speed of about 65 kilometers per hour. About 50 per cent areas in the city went without electricity during the time.
According to relief and rehabilitation office sources, tin-shed structures, makeshift houses, shanties and slums were flattened by the storm at Anasar office, police line, Kashipur, Lakutia, Rupatali, Naathullabad, B M College areas in the city.
A number of streets in the city went under rainwater following the storm. Many areas faced water logging causing sufferings to people.