May 19, 2021


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So many casualties in a little storm, what could have been avoided

At least 18 people died in the storm that struck the country on April 4. According to the Meteorological Department, the speed of the storm that day was around 75 kilometers per hour. Somewhere the wind was blowing at a speed of about 6 kilometers per hour. Before and after Boishakh, that is, before the monsoon, such arrival storms are a natural sign of natural change of seasons. The storm or rainstorm blows over about 13 districts in the north, central and west of the country between 4 pm and 6 pm.

The death toll alone is higher in Gaibandha. Immediately after the storm, the Gaibandha administration confirmed the deaths of 10 people. It is said that four died in the district headquarters, three in Palashbari, two in Fulchhari and one in Sundarganj. Besides, two were killed in Faridpur, one in Kushtia and two in Dhaka. A rickshaw puller and a five-year-old girl were killed when a brick fell from a building under construction in a storm in Dhaka.

Apart from this, the incident of drowning took place in Haimchar upazila of Chandpur. While fishing in the Meghna river, the fishermen’s boat got caught in the storm. The bodies of three of the five missing prisoners (as of April 6) have been found. Chandpur Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sanjid Shahnaz told the media.

Compared to Gaibandha, the storm in Rajshahi that day was very slight. The wind is blowing. There was no rain that day. But this slight storm completely uprooted 59 street lights along the Bilshimla-Kashiadanga road in the city. These road chandeliers planted at a cost of Tk 5 crore 22 lakh were named Prajapati. Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman officially inaugurated the lamp on February 11. From then on, the road became known as Butterfly Road.

The eye-catching electric lights on the road are supposed to turn on and off automatically through the ‘autologic controller’. The lights are imported from China by an organization called Harrow Engineering. But the fortunes of the citizens are good that the street light poles have fallen on the road divider. So no one was injured. The disaster is due to the complaints of the locals, construction defects and irregularities.


Who dies, why die

In all cases except for fishermen who went fishing in the river, the lives were mainly of women and children, as can be seen from the list of names of the dead. Most of the deaths and injuries were caused by falling trees, blown tin blows and bricks falling from buildings under construction. Accidents also happen when small and large flower tubs hanging on the open verandah or balcony of a flat in the city fall down in a storm.

An article published in Prothom Alo on March 25 called for some measures to be taken to reduce the risk of deaths due to storms this season. At least three lives could have been saved in this journey if the hanging flower tubs in the multi-storied building had been removed and a light-thin house could have been given to the consciousness of the construction company.

Those who have died by falling from the trees, it has been found out by searching the theory, this defeat has been brought by planting wrong trees in the wrong place. Bakerpara and Mostafapur villages of Betkapa union of Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha, Unnipara of Malibari union of Sadar upazila, Kishamat Haldia of Padanga union of Sundarganj upazila, Katlamari village of Gazaria union of Fulchhari upazila are all the same picture. None of the trees that have been destroyed or uprooted by storms in these areas are endemic. None of the mango, blackberry, satim, kadam, gab etc. trees were uprooted. Raintree, Eucalyptus, Epil Epil, Chambal etc. trees known as Randy are broken or uprooted.

On the streets of Dhaka itself, the epilogue epilogue fell at the beginning of the storm. Needless to say, these are not the trees of our country. Grows fast but does not withstand storms or gusty winds. The local trees do not come forward to protect them. Because they don’t know them.

The chain of communication given by Acharya Jagadish Chandra about communication and mutual cooperation between the trees, the chain of friendship is gradually breaking in the forest of unknown trees. There are references in various religious texts to the friendship formed between the known trees and the natural friendship to protect each other. However, scientists have also found new evidence. Interested readers can read an article titled ‘Treez Share Vital Goods Through a Secret Underground Network’ published on a website called on April 14, 2017. It was written by Brian Owens.

Exotic species of trees are being planted in the country, which are broken or uprooted by a slight storm
Exotic species of trees are being planted in the country, which are broken or uprooted by a slight storm: Author
Why does a woman’s life go to hell?

Looking at the accounts of the dead in Gaibandha, a senior social researcher asked on Facebook, ‘But why do more girls die?’ Such questions may disappoint us more than the deaths of women. But the burden on the woman’s shoulders has not diminished, it is not diminishing; That is the most true.

In 1850, the British poet Charles Kingsley wrote a poem entitled The Sands of D. Before the tide came, her guardian chased her daughter to fetch the cows quickly. Our poet Humayun Kabir wrote following that poem:

Listen mother Amina, leave the work, hurry up and go to the field, / At low tide in Meghna, the slope will go down now. / The river bank is full of thick grass Income hurried to Meghna.

Although everyone is entitled to go to safe shelter in the coming storm, the woman has to handle her rice, stove, chalk, goat, duck, chicken and cow first. To cope with this, the woman floats in the water or gets buried under a tree. There have been, are, and will be many structural improvements in our disaster management. But the people of the society