Lightning Strikes Kill Thirty Five in Bangladesh

Seasonal showers and unprecedented lightning claimed many lives in Bangladesh.

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Children play against the backdrop of rain clouds. (Photo: Reuters)
  • At least 35 people, including women and children, died in Bangladesh after being struck by lightning during thundershowers in 14 districts, officials said on Friday.

  • The lightning accompanying the seasonal northwestern storms claimed lives in Pabna, Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbarhia districts and in Dhaka sudden thunderbolts killed two.

  • The casualties included children playing in open grounds during the rain, but most victims were farmers, who were in their fields.

  • Rains appeared after a heat wave scorched the country. Meteorologists said lightning kills up to 300 people on an average each year in Bangladesh.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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