Jashore District Administration on Wednesday permitted keeping businesses open after maintaining health directives.
A meeting of the district coronavirus control and prevention committee took the decision, said Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shafiul Arif.
District coronavirus control and prevention committee meeting, presided over by DC, started at 11am and finally decided to keep the businesses and shops open.
Businessmen can keep their shops open if they want, but they must maintain health directives, the DC said adding that hand washing facilities should be available at every shop.
People must maintain physical distance while shopping, he added.
Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ashraf Hossain, Lt Col Neyamul, Civil Surgeon Dr Sheikh Abu Shahin, General Hospital’s supervisor Dr Dilip Kumar Roy among others were present at the meeting.
Earlier on April 27, Jashore district was declared under lockdown to prevent coronavirus infection.
Bangladesh has so far reported 38,292 coronavirus cases and 544 deaths.
The health authorities reported 1,541 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours until Wednesday morning.
Twenty-four shops were damaged in a fire which broke out at Natun Stand in Khulna's Batiaghata upazila early Wednesday.
Iqbal Bahar Bulbul, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence, said the fire was sparked by an electric short circuit around 4:45 am and spread soon.
On information, two firefighting units went to the spot and extinguished the blaze after one hour of frantic efforts.
The fire gutted valuables of 24 shops.
The affected shop owners claimed that the estimated loss caused by the fire is about Tk 48 lakh.
A nor’wester swept Joypurhat district on Tuesday night, killing four people including three members of a family and destroying around 2,000 houses.
The deceased were identified as Shilpi Begum 28, wife of day labourer Joynal Abedin, their two sons Newaj, 8 and Niamul, 3, of Kholishagari village in Khetlal upazila, and Morium begum, 70, of Akondapara village in Kalai upazila.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Jakir Hossain said the storm hit the area at around 10:30pm damaging over 2,000 houses at 40 to 45 villages under Joypurhat Sadar, Kalai and Khetlala upazilas.
The woman and her two sons died in Khetlal upazila as a wall collapsed on them while the elderly woman also died the same way in Kalai upazila, he added.
Locals said some electric poles were damaged and hundreds of trees were uprooted during the storm.
Over 40,000 chickens died as a shed fell on them during the storm in Tilabodul area in Khetlala upazila, locals said.
Electricity supply remained snapped in the area since Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, a nor’wester accompanied by rain and gusty wind with 78kph swept the capital early Wednesday.
The wind speed was 83kph in the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport area in the capital,” said Md Aftab Uddin, a meteorologist of Dhaka Met Office.
On Wednesday last, cyclone ‘Amphan’ battered coastal districts of Bangladesh, with wind speed of up to 180kph and over 10 feet tidal surges.
It inflicted heavy damage to lives, livelihood, agriculture, infrastructures, environment, as well as the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans, in southwestern region of the country.
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Three more bodies were recovered on Wednesday morning after a boat capsized in the Jamuna River in Chauhali upazila of Sirajganj on Tuesday afternoon, raising the death toll to five.
The deceased are Pashan Fakir, 65, and Naim, 6, son of Shamim Hossain of Goinakandi village in Belkuchi upazila, Sheikh Kamal Molla, 45, of Subarnatali village in Nagorpur upazila in Tangail, Afzal, 32, son of Abdur Rashid in Koizuri area in Shahajadpur upazila and an unidentified youth aged about 30.
Monjil Haque, deputy assistant director of Sirajganj Fire Service, said rescuers from Dhaka arrived in the area and started rescue operation in the morning.
Confirming the identities of the deceased, Masud Parvez, officer-in-charge of Enayetpur Police Station, said the rescue operation is underway.
The engine-run boat sank near Sathalchar area with 70 passengers on board while going to Chauhali from Enayetpur at around 1:30pm on Tuesday, said Rashedul Islam Biswas, officer-in-charge of Chauhali Police Station.
Fifty two passengers managed to swim ashore immediately. On information, members of Police and Fire Service went to the spot and launched rescue operation, he added.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Firoz Mahmud, Superintendent of police Hasibul Alam and some other police officials visited the spot.
Three people were killed in separate lightning strikes in Ghorapakhia union of Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district on Tuesday night.
The deceased were identified as Rumali Begum, wife of Faruk Hossain of Ghorapakhia union, Mamun, 35, son of Saidur Rahman of Raninagar in Monakosha union and Sadekul Islam, 67 of Morapagla village in Sadar Sundor union in Shibganj upazila.
Family sources said lightning struck Rumali Begum while she was working at the courtyard, leaving her dead on the spot.
Mamun was struck by lightning while cutting grass in the field while Sadekul died in the same way while collecting mango near his home, they added.