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Various areas of Jhalkathi are without electricity for 22 hours

Cyclone Sitrang has uprooted trees and damaged power poles and transmission lines in the coastal district of Jhalkathi due to gusty winds. Electricity supply was off for about 22 hours in various places including district towns. However, electricity came to some parts of the district headquarters around two o’clock today.

Most of the areas of the district are without electricity until writing this report at around 3 pm today. Earlier, electricity supply in the district was stopped at 4 pm on Monday due to inclement weather.

Electricity is supplied from West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (Ojopadico) to Jhalkathi Municipality, Kathalia and Nalchiti Upazilas. Rest of the district is under rural electrification.

Abdur Rahim, executive engineer of power distribution company Ojopadico in Jhalkathi, said that power supply was stopped after a tree fell on the 33,000 kV line in Amirabad area of ​​Jhalkathi-Barisal highway. Apart from this, power lines and poles were extensively damaged in various areas due to Sitrang’s rampage. They are being repaired. Today around 2 pm power supply has started in some feeders. The situation may return to normal in the afternoon.
However, electricity did not come to the rural electrified areas until three o’clock in the afternoon.

The tip of Sitrang struck the coast of Bangladesh at around 7 pm yesterday. Then after 9pm the main part hit. The coast is fairly clear by one in the morning.

Members of Jhalakathi Fire Service are assisting the Electricity Department in cutting the uprooted trees. As the speed of the cyclone subsided, the workers of the power department started working at night to repair the power lines. However, the roads in many areas of the district are still not passable. Due to this, the repair work is taking time.

Meanwhile, after overcoming the impact of Cyclone Sitrang, Jhalakathi has seen bright sunshine since this morning. People have returned to activity since morning. People have returned home from various cyclone shelters in Kathalia since morning.
In the morning, the tide height of Sugandha-Bishkhali river has decreased. This brought relief to the riverside residents of Nalchiti and Rajapur.