At least nine people, including a child, were killed and more than 300 others injured when a tornado ripped through scores of villages at the Sadar, Bijoynagar and Akhaura Upazilas of Brahmanbaria district on Friday afternoon.
Of the deceased, seven were identified as jail keeper of the district jail, Masudur Rahman, 25, Abu Taher Mia, 60, of Mohammadpu, and Jhanu Chowdhury, 52, of Chinair at Sadar Upazila, Lovely Begum, 35, and Dolly Dey, 27, of Pattan of Bijoynagar Upazila, Joynal Mia, 32, and Sumi Begum, 10, of Jaruitala of Akhaura Upazila.
The two others could not be immediately named.
The district’s Deputy Commissioner Nur Mohammad Majumder told bdnews24.com jailkeeper Masudur Rahman died on the spot after a portion of the boundary wall of the jail collapsed due to the violent storm.
Akhaura Police Station Sub-Inspector Zakir Hossain confirmed the deaths of Joynal and Sumi during the storm.
Mashiur Rahman Selim, Chairman of Ramrail Union Parishad of the Sadar Upazila, said Taher Mia was killed in wall collapse during the storm.
One Atul Mia confirmed that his maternal uncle Jhanu Chowdhury died on the spot after a tree fell on him during the storm.
Residential Medical Officer at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital Dr Abu Syed told bdnews24.com that physicians at the hospital’s Emergency Department pronounced four, including Lovely and Dolly, dead after they had been taken there.
He said of the two unidentified men, one was aged about 22 while another about 45.
DC Majumder said many houses and standing crops on a huge swathe of land were badly damaged by the tornado.
The storm uprooted scores of trees and electric poles as it swept through Urshiura and its surrounding villages of the Sadar Upazila at around 5pm, he added.
Source: Bd news24