Week­end storms in Bangladesh kill at least 37 peo­ple, say of­fi­cials

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Pow­er­ful storms swept Bangladesh at the week­end leav­ing a trail of dev­as­ta­tion in the coun­try’s north­west and killing at least 37 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

Res­cuers and vil­lagers re­cov­ered the bod­ies of vic­tims af­ter storms flat­tened thou­sands of houses, up­rooted trees and elec­tric­ity poles and dam­aged paddy fields across a large area on Satur­day night and Sun­day.

Nine­teen peo­ple died in the north­ern dis­trict of Bo­gra, gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor of the dis­trict Shafiqur Reza Biswas told AFP, adding that more than 100 peo­ple were in­jured.

“They died mostly af­ter they were hit by fall­ing trees or col­lapsed houses and walls,” he said, adding that au­thor­i­ties have sent emer­gency re­lief to thou­sands of vil­lagers hit by the storm.

In neigh­bor­ing Ra­jshahi dis­trict at least five peo­ple were killed and 27 in­jured as the storm hit a large area of low­ly­ing land, an­other ad­min­is­tra­tor said.

“At least 6,960 mud and tin­built houses were com­pletely dam­aged by the storm,” said Me­jbah Ud­din Chowd­hury.

In the west­ern dis­trict of Kush­tia two peo­ple died and around 100 houses were flat­tened by the storm on Sun­day, said gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial Ut­tam Barua.

There were also fa­tal­i­ties in at least five more dis­tricts, the mass- cir­cu­la­tion English­language news­pa­per Daily Star re­ported.

Storms known lo­cally as Kal­boishakhi of­ten hit Bangladesh dur­ing the early sum­mer in the lead-up to the mon­soon, which usu­ally be­gins about the first week of June.

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