DHAKA: Powerful storms swept Bangladesh at the weekend leaving a trail of devastation in the country’s northwest and killing at least 35 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 neighbouring Rajshahi district at least five people were killed and 27 injured as the storm hit a large area of low-lying land, another administrator said.