Friday, 25 May 2018

Lightning kills 21 throughout Bangladesh

Abrar Hussain: The death toll from lightning strikes across Bangladesh in a single day (Wednesday) rose to 21 in 10 districts, with six of them in Habiganj alone. According to multiple sources including Bdnews24, The Daily Star, Prothom Alo, at least 3 people died in Rajshahi while 2 each in Kishoreganj, Sunamganj, Nilphamari and Manikganj. One died each in Gaibandha, Mymensingh and Narayanganj, Netrakona. All died in Wednesday’s thunderstorms, different newspapers reported, citing officials of local administrations and police stations. According to government data, 70 people died in Bangladesh in March and July. Most of the victims were farmers harvesting or carrying paddy home from fields during storms when they were struck by lightning bolts.

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