Lightning strikes are common during monsoon in Bangladesh
At least 23 people were killed in lightning strikes during storms or thundershowers in 10 districts around the country on Sunday.
Lightning strikes are common during the monsoon in Bangladesh. They generally kill several hundred people – mostly farmers working under the open sky – every year.
There is a correlation between thunderbolts and temperature, according to a study published in 2017.
It said that around 5,000-6,000 meters above the level of Bangladesh’s atmosphere, the temperature remains humid and warm from late April till the third week of May every year, leading to an increase in such incidents.
In Chittagong, four people including two women were killed and two others injured after they were struck by thunderbolts in Fatikchhari, Boalkhali and Mirsarai upazilas in the morning.
The two women who died at Fatikchhari’s Kanchannagar union were identified as Vanumati Shil, 40, and Lucky Rani Das, 38.
The injured, identified as Malti Das, 50, and Shobha Rani Dey, 45, were admitted to a local hospital.
All four lived in the same area and became victims of lightning strikes around 8am Sunday when they were working in a field amid rain, said police and locals.
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Fatikchhari police OC Rabiul Islam and Union Parishad member Afsar Uddin told Dhaka Tribune that Vanumati and Lucky were declared dead after they were rushed to the local hospital.
Meanwhile, one Sazzad Hossain, 16, was killed in a lightning strike while he was working in a field with his father Mosharraf Hossain in Mirsarai upazila.
In Boalkhali, day labourer Md Jahangir, 39, died after he was struck by a lightning strike in the morning.
In Feni, two madrasah students were killed in a lightning strike in Alamganj village under Sonagazi upazila on Sunday.
They were identified as Sazeda Akter Sathi, 15, and Al Amin, 6.
Both children were students of a local Qawmi madrasah, said Bagadan Union Parishad Chairman Ishaq Hossain.
In Tangail, two people were killed by lightning strikes at two different places.
Almas Khan, 55, died in Bhadra union and Sona Miah, 53, died in Bekra union, said Nagarpur police OC Bahalul Khan Bahar.
In Manikganj, four people, including a college student, were killed in different areas after being struck by thunderbolts on Sunday.
College student Shahin,18, was killed in the afternoon in Boilot village under Ghior upazila.
Ghior police OC Reaz Ahmed Biplob said Shahin was working in a paddy field with his mother when a thunderbolt struck him, killing him on the spot.
Besides, bodies of two others – Julu Mia, 40, and Md Ibadul Khan, 32, were recovered from a paddy field on Sunday night in the same upazila.
Meanwhile, in Daulatpur upazila, Golam Mostafa, 40, was killed in a lightning strike when he was returning home after collecting peanuts from a nearby field.
In Magura, a woman was killed in a lightning strike when she was working in front of her house on Sunday in Mohammadpur upazila.
Mohammadpur police OC Tarok Nath Biswas identified the deceased as Sakiron Nesa, 50.
In Khulna, a lightning strike killed a man amid heavy rain while he was returning home at Bunarabbad village in Batiaghata upazila around 10pm Sunday.
Runa Laila, a member of Surkhali Union Parishad, identified the deceased as Samir Roy, 35.
In Madaripur, Ayesha Begum, 50, was killed on Sunday evening at Balughat village in Shibchar upazila.
She struck by a thunderbolt when she was working in her peanut field, said police.
In Sirajganj, five people were killed in lightning strikes in separate incidents in Ullapara, Shahjadpur and Belkuchi upazilas during heavy rain on Sunday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Abdullah, 26, Alhaj Baburchi, 50, and Rafikul Islam, 45, Faridul Islam, 15, and Laili begum, 30.
In Rajshahi, Shakil Ahmed, 27, was killed in a similar incident when he was working at a field in Puthia on Sunday afternoon.
In Satkhira, two people were killed in separate incidents, as the district was experiencing repeated thunder strikes for about three hours in the afternoon.
Rayeba Khatun, 20, was struck by lightning in the yard of her house, according to her family.
Meanwhile, Kishore Mondal, 37, was killed when he was returning home from his fish farm.