• Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021
  • Last Update : 11:56 pm

Thunderstorms claim 246 lives in 7 months

  • Published at 12:48 pm September 8th, 2019
lightning-bigstock-1527366250136.jpg
Representational ImageBigstock

The highest number of casualties was reported in June, with 66 killed in the month alone

Thunderstorms have claimed the lives of 246 people between February and August and left 97 injured, according to a recent study.

The study was conducted by Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum, with information collected from several national and local dailies, as well as online news portals and TV news channels. 

The report was unveiled at the Resourceful Paltan City building in Dhaka on Sunday, where  Rashim Mollah, general secretary of the forum, read out the report.

Among the deceased, 232 were adults, eight teenagers, and the other six were children. The adults include 202 men and 30 women.

The highest number of casualties was reported in June, with 66 killed in the month alone.

Most of the casualties died while harvesting paddy, fishing, or cattle farming during thunderstorms

Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum officials at the Resourceful Paltan City building in Dhaka on Sunday |Dhaka Tribune
The highest number of casualties in a single district was 22 in Sathkhira. Kishoreganj, Pabna, Sunamganj, Cox's Bazar, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Tangail districts also suffered casualties during thunderstorms.

Some of the victims died while sleeping in cottages, tin-shed houses, and under trees.

Abdul Alim, executive head of the research cell of the forum, said: "The weather is changing form, similar to that 40 years ago. The lightning strikes started in February, which is unusual.

"This disaster should be confronted by raising awareness. The government can enact a law to make  mandatory the installation of high frequency anti-thunderstorm devices at the top of every mobile tower. Although this is costly to set up, we can save a large number of people," he added.

He also urged everyone to work together to combat climate change.

Number of casualties between February 2019 - August 2019

Month

Number of deaths

Number of injuries

February

11

8

March

5

3

April

20

8

May

60

24

June

66

18

July

47

25

August

37

11

Total

246

97

*Source: Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum

65
Facebook 63
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail