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The worker died after falling from the hall under construction of Jabir

A worker named Shaher Ali (25) died after falling from Hall No. 22 under construction adjacent to Shaheed Rafiq-Jabbar Hall of Jahangirnagar University. The incident took place on Thursday (May 26) afternoon. The deceased was identified as Kachakata of Kurigram district.

Yusuf Ali, in-charge of Savar Enam Medical College Hospital, confirmed the information.

Yusuf Ali said, “A man named Shah Ali died before he was brought to the hospital. I think he died of a severe brain injury. He also had serious leg injuries.”

Mohammad Nasir Uddin, director of the planning and development office of the university, said, “I have learned that a worker died after falling from the sixth floor of Hall No. 22.”

Asked if there was a safety net for the workers, he said, “The workers have a long experience, so I can’t say if there was anything else. The worker fell down from the sixth floor.”

Proctor ASM Firoz-ul-Hasan said, “After hearing about the injured worker, we immediately went to the spot and rescued him.

New areas of Satkhira Sadar, Shyamnagar, Asashuni, Tala, Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas were flooded on Thursday morning. Thousands of fish cages, including houses and businesses in the low-lying areas, have been washed away by the floodwaters. As the embankment of the Water Development Board, which broke on Wednesday, has not been repaired, the water of Jaira continues to enter through those points. Paubo’s office sources said repairs to the dam would be delayed due to the lack of hard soil nearby.

Due to the effects of cyclone Yas and full moon, high tide of 5/6 feet height was created in the river on Wednesday afternoon. Millions of families were trapped in the water.

Kaliganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer’s Office sources said that Ratanpur, Mathureshpur, Kushalia and Bhara Shimla Unions of the upazila were inundated on Thursday due to abnormal water pressure in Ichhamati, Kalindi and Kakshiali rivers. It has flooded 300 fish farms. About 6,000 families have been flooded. It will take two more days to fix the actual amount of damage.

According to the Asashuni Upazila Nirbahi Officer’s Office, the river water overflowed the embankment since Wednesday afternoon and flooded 8 unions. At high tide on Thursday morning, the waters of the Kopotaksh and Kholpetua rivers crossed the danger line and entered the low-lying areas. Pratapnagar, Sreepur, Kurikahnia, Kalyanpur, Nakna, Sonatankathi, Madarbaria, Drishtinandan, Anulia, Nangla, Dakshin Eksara, Bamandanga, Narerabad, Keergati, Narerabad and Keergati upazilas of the upazila have been newly flooded.

Thousands of bighas of shrimp have been washed away in the water. At this point the amount of erosion damage cannot be said. There are currently no people in the shelter. Everyone is standing on the high ground of their respective areas.

Shyamnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) ANM Abuzar Ghiffari said several new areas were flooded again on the second day of cyclone Yas. As the embankment that broke on Wednesday was not repaired, the water of the river is flowing from there. Efforts are being made to repair the dam by throwing sandbags and soil with the help of local villagers and volunteers.

Shyamnagar Water Development Board SO Masud Rana said the upazila has a total of 443 km of embankments. The broken dams have been inspected. The dam is not being repaired as there is no hard soil near it. The dam will be rebuilt when the water recedes.

He said necessary food and water were being distributed among those in the shelter. Each UP chairman of the upazila was given Tk 25,000 on Wednesday to deal with the disaster. Another 2 lakh 50 thousand rupees was given in 12 unions yesterday.

Shyamnagar Upazila Project Implementation Officer Shahinul Islam said 1650 hectares of shrimp farms, 90 hectares of crops, 275 houses and 4500 houses were partially damaged in the storm. Besides, 190 meters dam of the upazila has been breached and 11 kilometers of dam has been flooded.