3 killed 23 in storm in city
At least three people were killed and 23 others were injured when a makeshift canopy collapsed near Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after a nor'wester struck the city. The incident occurred when the canopy set for an iftar party fell on the devotees during the storm around 7:15pm on Friday (May 17), police said.
The injured devotees were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The nor'wester crashed the temporary canopy which collapsed on the people under it and on pedestrians around 7:00pm during the storm. Bachchu Mia, inspector of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said the deceased was identified as Shafikul Islam, 40. About 23 victims were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment.
According to what could be known, deceased Shafikul Islam had iftar under the makeshift arrangement and was praying to God when the nor'wester struck.
In another incident at Badda in the capital two others were killed and one was injured in a wall collapse during the storm.
bdnews24.com adds: Meteorologist Shahinul Islam said the wind speed during the storm was 93 kph at Shahjalal International Airport at 7:05pm.
The average wind speed in the capital during the storm was 65 kph at 7:02pm, he added. Similar storms with rains hit different parts of the country.
The Met Office said wind speed was 67 kph during a storm in Rangpur in the morning, and 52 kph in Rajshahi and 65 kph in Bogura in the evening.
"Storms are likely now as the third spell of heat wave is still sweeping over the country," meteorologist Shahinul said.
"It is the season of nor'westers. Rains will push mercury down," he added.
The maximum temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius was recorded in Rajshahi. Mercury went up to 35.7 degrees Celsius in Dhaka.
In Saturday's forecast, the Met Office said rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Dhaka, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi and Chattogram divisions.
Weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country.
Mild heat wave is sweeping over the Khulna division and the regions of Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Rajshahi and Pabna and it may continue at some places.
Day and night temperature may rise slightly over the country.