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New era | Nor’wester kills 8 people, heat wave is around the corner

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At least nine people were killed in storms in three districts between Saturday evening and Sunday, amid forecasts of an intense period from northwest Bangladesh through Wednesday.

Weather forecasters warned people against going out during nor’westers, also known as Kalboishakhi, as they are likely to bring damaging winds and hail.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department issued a 72-hour Kalboishakhi alert at 4pm on Sunday, forecasting thunderstorms and showers across Bangladesh during the period.

“People are advised not to go outside during storms,” meteorologist Kazi Jebunnesa told New Age.

Nor’wester is caused when dry westerly winds meet warm and moisture-prone southerly winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal.

Nor’wester blows in a northwesterly direction between March and May, when land surface temperatures rise rapidly.

An unprecedented heat wave lasted for 36 days through Sunday, with daytime temperatures in large parts of Bangladesh remaining at 40 degrees Celsius or even higher for weeks, apparently providing the energy needed to form a powerful northwest country.

The final period of Nor’wester would bring relief from a blazing sun that killed thousands of poultry birds, possibly reduced crop production, and claimed at least fifteen human lives, according to the official record.

But the storm’s potential intensity is a concern, especially for the poor, who number hundreds of thousands of people living in poor housing conditions, both in cities and towns, and having to work outside for a living.

New Age correspondent in Moulvibazar reported the death of a farmer by lightning at 2.30 pm on Sunday.

The incident took place in Kagabala Union of Sadar Upazila and the deceased was identified as Abdul Hai, 45, who was harvesting rice.

The northeastern Habiganj district was hit by a violent storm around 3 pm on Sunday. The storm, which lasted for three hours, dumped tons of hail.

More than two million people were without power for eight hours between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sunday as storms disrupted power supplies in parts of Sylhet.

“Fenchuganj and Dakkhin Surma areas were completely without electricity for eight hours,” said Shah Jahurul Hossain, district relief and rehabilitation officer of Sylhet.

New Age correspondent in Khagrachari reported that a mother, Hasina Begum, 30, and her six-year-old son, Hanif Miah, were burned to death at 5 a.m. on Sunday after their house caught fire in a lightning strike.

A 50-year-old man, Bongjo Marma, 50, was killed by a lightning strike in Ramgarh on Saturday. Lightning also killed Sumita Tripura, 36, in Matiranga on Saturday.

Lightning also killed five animals in Khagrachari between Saturday and Sunday.

New Age correspondent in Tangail reported the death of a cook, Wazed Ali Khan, 50, after he was struck by lightning while returning home after work at around 11pm on Saturday.

Kishoreganj District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Lutfor Rahman confirmed the death of a pregnant woman, Rupa, 45, and her 5-year-old son Taijul, who were crushed under a tree uprooted by a northwesterner around 11 pm on Saturday. .

Lightning killed 10 people on May 2, the day a series of northwesterlies struck Bangladesh after nearly a month of dry and hot weather. On April 7, 13 people were killed by lightning or crushed under trees as a range of northwestern coastal areas, southern and southwestern Bangladesh were devastated.

The United Nations Capital Development Fund in a report named Bangladesh as a country with one of the highest death rates from lightning.

The BMD, in its weather bulletin issued at 6 pm on Sunday, forecast rain at most places in Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions, at many places in Dhaka and Chattogram divisions, and at a few places in the rest of the country today.

The daytime temperature could drop by 3 degrees today.

The drop in temperatures could result in the ongoing heatwave disappearing from most of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s highest maximum temperature of 40.3 degrees Celsius was recorded in Chuadanga on Sunday as a mild to moderate heatwave engulfed Dhaka, Rajshahi, Khulna and Barishal divisions.

The maximum daily temperature in Dhaka was 36.7 degrees Celsius.

In the 24 hours till 6pm on Sunday, Bangladesh’s highest rainfall of 83mm was recorded in Mymensingh, followed by 67mm rainfall recorded in Netrakona.

Citing rain forecasts for the next two days in Bangladesh and upstream across the border with India, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center on Sunday afternoon warned that rivers in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Netrakona and Kishoreganj districts will be flooded during the period could swell quickly. .

The India Meteorological Department has forecast widespread rainfall in areas in the upstream region of Bangladesh such as Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura over the next seven days.

The rainfall may be accompanied by thundershowers, lightning and showers reaching up to 60 kilometers per hour, the IMD said, predicting isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall at certain places.