Capital experiences hailstorm

March 30, 2009

Staff Reporter

City street littered with unusual size of hailstones following yesterdays storm. Sharif Khan

City street littered with unusual size of hailstones following yesterday's storm. Sharif Khan

Dhaka city yesterday experienced hailstorm accompanied with rain late in the afternoon. The hailstorm and rain brought soothing relief to city dwellers from the scorching hit of the summer.
The hailstorm was marked by gusty winds speed reaching up to 19 kilometers an hour.
According to residents from different parts of the city the size of some hailstones was as big as one kilogram. The hailstorm was more intensive in Mirpur, Gulshan, Badda and Dhanmondi areas of the city.
A Met office official told The New Nation that the localized storm was of the Kal Baishakhi type even though the storm was not severe.
The rainfall recorded at the Agargaon metrological observatory was 38 millimetres.
Different electricity distribution feeders and sub-stations tripped during the rain and storm. Pieces of billboards and tree branches falling on the roads slowed down traffic movement in many parts of the city, witnesses said.
Movement of vehicular traffic on roads and lanes in different areas of the city was disrupted as rainwater formed pools due to clogged drainage system.
Hundreds of homebound people were seen standing under the sheds until late in the evening because of the storm and rain.
Saidur Rahman, a resident of the city’s Badda area said many cars were damaged as big sized hailstones hit those during the yesterday’s storm.
People from Dhanmondi, Mirpur, Badda and Gulshan areas told this correspondent over telephone that they saw big size hailstones falling during the period.
Met office said rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Khulna and Barisal divisions and at one or two places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions in next 24 hours till 6pm today.
Day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.

Courtesy of The New Nation

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