At least eight people including two students were killed by lightning strikes in six districts on Friday, as thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds continued to sweep through different parts of the country.
It brings to 59 the total number of people reported to have been killed by lightning in the past week.
In Jamalpur town, a child was hurt by a bolt of lightning when she was collecting mangoes on the premises of her house in Bagerhata area on Friday morning.
Jannati Khatun, a fifth grader, was rushed to Jamalpur General Hospital, where on-duty doctors declared her dead.
In Moulvibazar, a teenage girl became senseless after hearing a loud clap of thunder while she was playing outside her house at Baramchal in Kulaura upazila at around noon.
Laboni Akhter, a sixth grader of Baramchal High School and a daughter of the union’s Abdur Rahim Babul, regained consciousness after some time.
“However, as she lost her senses again, she was taken to Kulaura Upazila Health Complex, where doctors declared her dead,” Zahirul Islam, sub-inspector of Kulaura police station, said.
In Narsingdi, a day labourer was killed in lightning storms as he was harvesting paddy at a field at Kathalia union under Madhabdi police station. Mahbubur Rahman, 32, was a resident of Dharamapasha upazila in Sunamganj.
In Tangail, Lipon Miah, 28, was injured by lightning bolts when he was cutting grass for cattle at a field in Basail upazila around noon. Lipon was rushed to Tangail General Hospital, where he was declared dead.
In Sunamganj, Zafar Ali, 45, met the tragic end of his life as a thunderbolt struck him at Gorkati village in Tahirpur upazila while working at a paddy field near the bank of the Jadukata river at around 10:30 am.
In Habiganj, a 35-year-old farmer named Abul Kalam died on the spot after being struck by lightning when he was on his returning home from Gungiajuri Haor in Bahubal upazila around 12:30pm, police said.
Two others injured in the same incident were admitted to Bahubal Upazila Hospital.
In another incident at the district’s Baniachang upazila, farmer Ranadhir Das, 40, was struck by lightning at around 1:30pm while he was returning home after working at his paddy field in a local haor.
He was declared dead on arrival at Habiganj Sadar Hospital.
In the district’s Chunarughat upazila, Hena Aktar, 30, died in a lightning strike while working outside her home at Taushi village on Friday evening, police said.
Our correspondents from Jamalpur, Moulvibazar, Narsingdi, Tangail, Sunamganj and Habiganj contributed to this article