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Five killed in lightning strikes in four districts

  • Published at 09:33 pm May 23rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:31 am May 24th, 2018

 The deaths add to an already large number of lightning-related casualties this year

Five people have been killed by lightning strikes in four districts around the country.

The incidents took place in Tangail, Bogura, Mymensingh and Sunamganj throughout Wednesday during storms.

In Tangail, locals said 19-year-old Omar Sunny died on the spot after he was struck bu a thunderbolt on his way home after gathering paddy in his father’s field in Kalihati upazila.

In Bogura's Dhunat upazila, a farmer named Zahidul Islam, 46, was killed on the spot by a bolt while working in a field near his house at Dhulaori village in the morning, said Dhunat police station Sub-Inspector Khokon Kumar.

In Mymensingh, two people died after being hit by lightning while catching fish in two separate beels -- one in Muktagachha upazila's Kolakanda village and the other in Sadar upazila's Nattakuri village, reports UNB.

In Sunamganj, a farmer was severely injured after he was struck by lightning while threshing his paddy at Anandapur village in Shalla upazila at noon.

He was rushed to Dirai Upazila Health Complex where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to reports carried by different news outlet, over 200 people were killed and scores of others injured in lightning strikes at different parts of Bangladesh, mainly in the central and northern parts, from March to May 17.

These deaths add to an already large number of lightning-related casualties this year.