The second major storm in three days smashed through northern Europe on Friday, killing at least nine people as high winds felled trees, cancelled train services and ripped sections off the roof of London’s O2 Arena. The U.K. weather service said a gust provisionally measured at 122 mph (196 kph), thought to be the strongest ever in England was recorded on the Isle of Wight as Storm Eunice swept across the country’s south. The weather system, known as Storm Zeynep in Germany, is now pushing into the European mainland, prompting high wind warnings in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. The storm caused mayhem with travel in Britain, shutting the English Channel port of Dover, closing bridges linking England and Wales and halting most trains in and out of London. At least three people died in Britain, including a man in southern England killed when a car hit a tree, another man whose windshield was struck by debris in northwest England and a woman in her 30s who died in London when a tree fell on a car, police said, In the Netherlands, firefighters said three people were killed by falling trees in and around Amsterdam, and a fourth died in the northern province of Groningen after driving his car into a fallen tree. In neighboring Belgium an elderly man died when high winds pushed him into a canal in Ypres. In County Wexford, Ireland, a local government worker was killed as he responded to the scene of a fallen tree, the local council said. Eunice is the second named storm to hit Europe this week, with the first storm killing at least five people in Germany and Poland. Peter Inness, a meteorologist at the University of Reading in England, attributed the storms to an unusually strong jet stream over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, with winds close to 200 mph (321 kph) at high altitudes. Read:Blizzard buffets East Coast with deep snow, winds, flooding “A strong jet stream like this can act like a production line for storms, generating a new storm every day or two,” Inness said. “There have been many occasions in the recent past when two or more damaging storms have passed across the U.K. and other parts of Europe in the space of a few days.” The forecast led British authorities to take the unusual step of issuing ”red” weather warnings — indicating a danger to life — for parts of southern England, including London, and Wales that lasted through early afternoon. A lower level amber warning for gusts up to 80 mph covers the whole of England from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Even before Britain was hit by the full force of the storm, Eunice disrupted travel across southern England and Wales with many train services interrupted and numerous flights and ferry services cancelled. A number of tourist attractions in England, including the London Eye, Legoland and Warwick Castle, closed ahead of the storm, as were all of London’s Royal Parks. In the town of Wells in southwest England, the wind toppled the spire of a 19th-century church. In London, high winds ripped sections of roofing from the 02 Arena, a landmark on the south bank of the River Thames that was originally known as the Millennium Dome. Firefighters evacuated 1,000 people from the area. “I urge all Londoners to stay at home, do not take risks, and do not travel unless it is absolutely essential,″ Mayor Sadiq Khan said before the storm. The Environment Agency issued 10 severe flood warnings, another indicator of life-threatening weather conditions. Read: Snow storms and pandemic ground flights, delay holiday's end The storm was expected to hit northern Germany later Friday and sweep eastward overnight. A flood warning was issued for Germany’s North Sea coast on Friday. Meteorologists warned Friday’s storm could cause more damage than the earlier weather system, which triggered accidents that killed at least three people, toppled trees and damaged roofs and railroad tracks. Germany’s biggest rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, cancelled all train services in the north of the country on Friday due to the storm. In the Netherlands, authorities sent a push alert to mobile phone users on Friday afternoon, warning them to stay indoors. The Dutch weather institute earlier issued its highest warning, code red, for coastal regions and code orange for much of the rest of the low-lying nation. The country’s rail company said it would halt all trains nationwide from 2 p.m. (1300 GMT). The airline KLM cancelled dozens of flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. In The Hague, high winds tore off part of the roof of soccer club ADO The Hague’s stadium. There were no immediate reports of injuries. At Scheveningen beach in The Hague, authorities built walls of sand to protect beachfront bars from the storm, even as dozens of surfers braved the weather in search of storm-driven waves. In Denmark, strong winds prompted authorities to ban light vehicles from crossing the Storebælt tunnel and bridge linking the central island of Funen to Zealand, home to the capital, Copenhagen. Storm Eunice produced heightened concern because it had the potential to produce a “sting jet,” a small area of intense winds that may exceed 100 mph. One example of such a phenomenon occurred during what’s known as the Great Storm of 1987, which killed 18 people and knocked down 15 million trees across the U.K., according to the Met Office. Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, described the phenomenon as being akin to a scorpion in the sky. “It’s often referred to as a sting-jet because it’s like it’s the sting in the tail as the storm moves through,″ she said. “And that’s usually the bit where the strong winds are — right on the tip of that curl of cloud.” Train operators across Britain urged passengers to avoid traveling on Friday and many services shut down. Airlines warned of delays and cancelled flights at airports in southern England, including London Heathrow, where hundreds of flights were canceled. Friederike Otto, a climate scientist at Imperial College who is an expert in extreme weather events, said there is no evidence climate change is leading to more violent storms in Europe. But she said the damage caused by such storms has increased because rainfall has become more intense as a result of human-caused climate change. “The second thing is that sea levels have risen,” said Otto, who is part of World Weather Attribution, which investigates the link between extreme weather and global warming. “This means that storm floods, which also occur during such storms, (are) higher and therefore lead to greater damage than there would be without climate change.”
Two persons were killed and 10 others injured when a bus fell into a roadside ditch in Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur district early on Saturday. The deceased were identified as Halima Khatun, 45, wife of Majibur Rahman, and Abdul Jalil, 50, son of Azim Uddin of Sadar upazila. Police said the accident occurred around 5am when the bus belonging to ‘Hanif Paribahan’ rammed a girder of Mohonpur Bridge and plunged into the ditch while giving way to a truck. Read: Man dies after being hit by train in city "While two persons died on the spot in the impact of the accident, at least 10 others sustained injuries," said a sub-inspector at Chirirbandar Police Station, Abdul Quader. The injured were rushed to M Abdur Rahim Medical College and Hospital.
A Pabna court has sent three people to jail in connection with the murder of an independent UP chairman candidate Yasin Alam of Bharara union of the district. The arrested accused are UP chairman of Bharara union Abu Saeed Khan, 52, Nader Biswas, 53, of Bijayrampur village and Samo, 31, of Naldah village. Pabna District and Sessions Judge Asaduzzaman passed the order on Tuesday noon. Also read: UP chairman candidate killed: EC postpones polls in Pabna Bail was rejected for all the three arrested accused and sent to jail. At this time 2 people – Alam, 33, and Shamsul Hossain, 40, were granted bail, said counsel Adv Abdus Samad Khan Ratan. According to court sources, of the 34 accused, five including the current chairman Abu Saeed, surrendered to the court in the murder case. The rest of the accused in this case are absconding. On December 11, while on election campaign Yasin Alam was injured when followers of Abu Saeed attacked. Yasin died on the way to the hospital. Also read: 3 journos injured while reporting on UP polls in Thakurgaon On the night of December 12, Yasin Alam's father Mozammel Haque filed a murder case against 34 people.
A Gazipur court placed mason Anwarul Islam on a three-day remand on Saturday in a case over the killing of former professor of Dhaka University Saida Gaffar. Gazipur Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court-2 Judge Mehedi Pavel Sweet passed the order after police produced the arrestee before it and sought a 10-day remand to interrogate him,said Dipankar Roy, sub-inspector of Kashimpur police station. Saida Gaffar, a former Professor of Institute of Nutrition and Food Science of the university, was found dead at Kashimpur in Gazipur on Friday, two days after she had gone missing. Also read: Killing of ex-DU teacher: Arrested mason remanded The professor was buried on Friday night at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard, said her family.
Three suspected robbers were killed in a lynch-mob attack at Ilungdi in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj district early Thursday. Two of the deceased were identified as Zahirul, 35, and Mofazul, 30, of Sonargaon upazila of the district. Anisur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Araihazar Police Station, said local people challenged the trio early Thursday seeing their suspicious movement in the area. Read: Aminbazar 6 students killing: Verdict on December 2 As they tried to flee the scene, the locals caught them and gave them a good thrashing, leaving them dead on the spot. Also read: 4 more suspects arrested over Lalmonirhat lynching Later, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Narayanganj General Hospital.
Jashore Detective Branch of police held four people, including two transgenders over killing another transgender person on Saturday. The arrestees were identified as Shakil Parvej, 21, from Dogachia village in the Sadar upazila, Mehedi Hasan, 19, from Jhaudia village and Najma and Selim from transgender community, said DB police in a press briefing on Sunday. A gun, magazine, five rounds of bullets, and sharp weapons were seized from the arrestees, said police. Also read: Stabbing leaves transgender woman dead in Cumilla: Police According to police, Selim and Najma planned to kill Abdul Kader alias Lovely, over a long running internal feud between them over creating dominance amid the transgender community and regarding monetary benefits. On Saturday, around 8:30 am the four alleged killer obstructed Lovely’s path on a bridge at Halsha village and shot two bullets at her. After missing the aim they attacked her with sharp weapons and fled, said witnesses. Later locals rescued Lovely and took her to Jashore General hospital, where the duy doctor announced her death. Also read: Transgender, Bede communities in Savar hit hard by restrictions Immediately after the incident DB police conducted a drive at different places in the upazila and arrested the four on Saturday night. On Sunday, Lovely’s sister and Mofijul Islam, Sub-Inspector of DB police filed two separate cases over the incident at Kotwali police station.
A Laxmipur court on Monday sentenced seven people to life term imprisonment in a case filed over killing a local Jubo Dal leader at Dattapara union in sadar upazila in 2011. District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Rahibul Islam passed the order acquitting one more accused of from the charges. The lifers are Md Aziz, former UP member of Dattapara Union, his son Md Sabuj, Billal Hossain Biplab, Md Ibrahim, Md Manik, Ismail Hossain and Abul Kashem. Ismail and Abul Kashem were present during the hearing while the other convicts remained absconding. Also read: Brahmanbaria AL leader murder: 13 to die, 8 get life term The convicts were fined Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer one year more rigorous imprisonment. According to case statement, on June 4, 2011, Anwar Hossain, president of union unit of Jubo Dal, was sitting in his brother’s election campaign office at Dattapara Bazar when some miscreants attacked the office and shot him, leaving Anwar dead the spot. Also read: 9 to die, 22 get life term for killing BCL leader in Rajshahi A murder case was filed at sadar police station the following day against 25 named people and 12 unnamed people following a complaint lodged by Anwar’s brother Md Ashek-E-Elahi. On January 10, 2015, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police submitted the final investigation report at the court.
Bagerhat, Dec 17 (UNB)— An Awami League member was killed and three others were injured in an attack by a rival group over establishing supremacy at Rampal area of Bagerhat on Friday, police said. The deceased was identified as Firoz Dhali, 45, son of Ashad Ali of Kastobaria area of Rampal Upazila while the injured were Awrongojeb,42, Hanif,38, and Akram Dhali of Kadirkhali area. Former general secretary of Rampal Upazila Awami League Jamil Hasan Jamu said, “I was dropped off at the gate of the house around 10:30 am and four people including Firoz Dhali were going towards their house. After a while, 30-40 people including Bellal Bepari and his brother Baki attacked, leaving them injured”. Injured Firoz was taken to Rampal Upazila health complex. Read: AL man killed in Kushtia factional clash Later, he was shifted to Khulna Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the afternoon. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Rampal Police Station, Md. Shamsuddin said they have detained 6 people for questioning over this incident. Police have been deployed in the area to avoid any further unwanted situations, he said. “Police have started work to bring the culprits under the law”.
A man and his minor daughter died as he allegedly swallowed poison after feeding it to his three children at Shahparir Dwip in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Sunday. The deceased were identified as Md Anwar, a Rohingya fisherman who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar 10 years ago and his daughter Sumayia,7. Two other children- Mahiya,4, and Jabed, 2- were admitted to a hospital in a critical condition. Quoting local people, Ward No. 9 member of Sabrang Union Abdus Salam said Anwar had a quarrel with his wife on Saturday afternoon and she went to her father’s home leaving Anwar and the children. Also read: Another member candidate shot in Cox's Bazar ahead of UP polls Anwar threatened her of committing suicide when she left. Being informed by locals, police recovered the bodies of Anwar and Sumaiya on Sunday morning and took two other children to a hospital. Also read: Couple arrested for allegedly killing domestic help in city’s Niketon SI Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Shahpari Island Police outpost, said two bodies were recovered and sent to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Monday night arrested three people, including the prime accused, in connection with the killing of former pirate Alauddin of Moheshkhali. The arrestees have been identified as Rafikul Islam Prakash Mamun (28), the prime accused, Md Rifat (23) and Ayub Ali (40). A RAB-15 team arrested Mamun and Rifat around 7pm during a raid in the Faitong area under Lama police station limits in Bandarban, following a tip-off. Also read: Pirate ringleader held in Khulna Alauddin was nabbed later from the Pahartali area of Cox’s Bazar, after Mamun gave information about his whereabouts during interrogation, according to RAB. On November 5, around 8pm some assailants killed Alauddin, 26, the former pirate, in the Chamiraghona Kalur bridge area of Kalamar Chara union in Cox’s Bazar. Also read: ‘Pirate’ killed in Bhola ‘gunfight’ The next day, Alauddin’s brother Sumon Uddin filed a complaint at the Moheshkhali police station. Followed by the complaint, police filed a murder case under penal code 302/34. RAB members claimed to have recovered the guns used in the crime. "Efforts are on to arrest the other accused," an officer said.