Bagerhat, Nov 14 (UNB) –Eleven years after the devastating Cyclone Sidr, the survivors of Sharankhola upazila, the worst affected area of the district, are still recalling the nightmare of the cyclone that claimed hundreds lives as well as destroyed cattle, crops and dwelling houses.
Those who lost their loved ones are still bemoaning the tragic death of their near and dear ones.
Though the life of people is getting normal, they still bear the scars of the havoc of Sidr.
During a recent visit to Bogi village in Sharankhola upazila, this UNB correspondent found that there are some makeshift houses on the bank of the Boleshwar River.
A few families are living there. Besides, a number of multi-story cyclone centers were constructed in the area.
Taking to UNB, Alatunnesa, an elderly woman of Bogi village, said she lost her husband, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter.
Recalling the nightmare, she said, “A chest-deep water came suddenly and washed them away while they were going to the cyclone shelter on the night of Sidr. I grasped a tree tightly and survived.”
Ruhul Amin said he had lost his father and two children on that day. He also recalled how he had recovered the bodies of his relatives from different places after the devastating cyclone.
Salma Begum, another resident of the village, said, “My husband went to the Sundarbans to catch fish. I was alone in my house with my two–year-old daughter Mitu and five-year-old son Naim.
“When the cyclone hit the area, I took my daughter on my lap and my son in one hand. But suddenly my daughter and son were washed away due the heavy pressure of water. I tried my best to save them but failed.”
Naim’s body was retrieved one day later from a nearby area, but Mitu’s body was never found, she said.
Tapan Kumar Biswash, deputy commissioner, said according to the government account, some 908 people were killed while 76 people went missing in Cyclonic storm Sidr that lashed the district in November 15, 2007.
Some 1,627 square kilometer areas were destroyed while 65,000 houses were damaged by the cyclone, he said.
Mohammad Sahadat Hossain, executive engineer of LGED, Bagerhat, said 34 cyclone shelters have been constructed in different parts of the district which have also are also used as schools. “Besides, connecting roads were also built as people can reach the shelter centers quickly during the natural disaster.”
Tangail, Nov 14 (UNB) – An elderly couple was killed following head-on collision between a goods-laden truck and an engine-run van at Toildhara Bhatabari intersection in Safipur upazila on Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Motiur Rahman, 85, a retired school teacher and his wife Achia Khatun, 75, residents of Indarjani area.
Amir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Safipur Police Station, said that when Motiur along his wife was going Safipur upazila headquarters to collect his pension, the truck hit the vehicle, leaving five people, including the couple injured.
The injured were taken to SafipurUpazila Health Complex where doctors declared the duo dead.
Police seized the truck.
Cumilla, Nov 14 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday sentenced five people to death in a case over slaughtering three people, including a minor boy, in Laksam upazila of the district in 2007.
The condemned convicts – Abdur Rahman, 25, son of Abdul Kader of Shriang area in Laksam, Md Shahidullah Shahid, 27, son of Yakub Ali, Faruk Hossain, 30, son of Abdul Mannam, Md Rasel, 30, son of Md Selim and Md Swapan, 30, son of Mohammad Ullah. All of them are absconding.
According to the case statement, when local traders Uttam Debnath, 27, his brother Parikhkhit Debnath, 12, of Protappur village and Bachchu Mia, 35,of Jagatpur village were returning home from a market on January 6, 2007 a gang of robbers attacked them at Badirpukur area in the upazila.
Being resisted, the robbers slaughtered the trio. They snatched Tk 1400 from them.
Later, on January 7, Bachchu Mia’s brother filed a case with Laksam Police Station.
Dhaka, Nov 14 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with detectives Mymensingh Sadar upazilaand another was injured in a gunfight with police in Sadar upazila of Lalmonirhat district early Wednesday.
In Mymensingh, the suspected drug trader Sumon Mia, 27, son of Suruj Driver of Kalibari in the upazila, and also a listed criminal, was killed in the reported gunfight with detectives at ShambhuganjCharpuliamari around 1:45am.
Tipped off, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:45 am, said Shaha Kamal Akanda, officer-in-charge of District DB police.
Sensing presence of the policemen, the criminals opened fire on them forcing the law enforcers to fire back in self-defense.
The criminals also hurled brickbats to police, said the OC.
Later, police recovered the body of Sumon and took it to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
Police recovered four kgs of hemp and ten shells of bullet from the spot.
In Lalmonirhat, suspected drug trader Aminur Islam, 42, son of late Abul Kashem of Saptana Noyarhat area, sustained bullet in a reported gunfight with police in Wabda area in Kulaghat Bazar around 3am.
Mahfuz Alam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said on information that a team of police conducted a drive when a gang of drug traders along with a consignment of drug, brought from India, was crossing the area.
Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back which triggered the gunfight, leaving Aminur injured with bullet.
The injured was taken to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital.
The team recovered 50 bottles of phensidyl from the spot.
Aminur is accused in 13 drug cases, said the OC.
Gopalganj, Nov 14 (UNB) – A farmer was killed as a speeding motorcycle ran over him on Ulpur-Malenga road in Tentulia village on Sadar upazila on Wednesday morning.
The deceased was identified as Manaj Poddar, 40, son of Monimahan Poddar of the village.
The accident took place when a speeding motorcycle hit the victim from behind while he was returning home after field work around 9 am, leaving him dead on the spot, said his’s brother Sanaj Poddar.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Gopalganj General Hospital for an autopsy, said Md Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.