© StarA large number of birds lie dead at Moukori village in Shailakupa upazila under Jhenidah district as hailstorm lashed the area yesterday.
20 hurt, 500 houses damaged, 5,000 birds also killed as the seasonal storm hits Kushtia, Jhenidah

Nor'wester lashed Kushtia and Jhenidah districts yesterday, leaving two people killed and 20 others injured.

The deceased are Nisarunnesa, 55, of Baghdanga village, and Rahela Khatun, 65, of Afzalpur in Kushtia Sadar upazila, reports our correspondent.

Locals said the two died when the sheds of their houses collapsed on them during the storm that lashed Baghdanga and Afzalpur villages at around 3:30am.

Deputy Commissioner Syed Belal Hossain visited the areas in the morning.

A number of houses in the areas were also damaged by the storm, said the DC.

Away in Jhenidah, a storm hit over 50 villages in Shailakupa upazila of the district early yesterday, leaving at least 20 people injured and damaging around 500 houses.

Of the injured, 11 were admitted to the upazila health complex while the rest given first aid, reports our correspondent.

The affected villages include Mirzapur, Diknagar, Kacherkool, Sarutia, Hakimpur and Monohorpur.

At least 5000 birds of different species also died during the storm that lasted for about 30 minutes from 4:00am, said locals.

Golam Mostofa, a farmer of Monohorpur village, said "The storm destroyed banana and paddy on my two and three bighas of land at midnight."

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sandip Kumar Sarkar said the storm swept though the areas, leaving at least 5,000 birds dead and damaging around 500 homesteads.