Lightning kills 16 in Bangladesh


Officials claimed several lightning bolts struck a Bangladesh wedding party in a matter of seconds on Wednesday (Aug 4), killing 16 people and wounding the groom.
When the lightning struck, the group had just abandoned a boat in the riverside town of Shibganj to seek cover from the storm, according to the town’s government administrator Sakib Al-Rabby.
According to the administrator, the bride was not in the wedding party, who confirmed that 16 people were killed when numerous bolts struck within seconds of each other in Chapainawabganj’s western area.
Bangladesh has been pummelling by monsoon storms. A week of torrential rains in Cox’s Bazar’s south-eastern area has killed 20 people, including six Rohingya refugees. Each year, hundreds of individuals are killed by lightning in South Asian countries.
According to an official total, more than 200 individuals were killed by lightning in 2016, with 82 people dying on a single day in May. However, according to one independent monitor, many deaths are never officially registered, and at least 349 people have died due to lightning strikes.
Deforestation, according to some analysts, has raised the mortality toll. Bangladesh attempts to mitigate climate change by planting hundreds of thousands of palm trees to lower the number of people killed by lightning.


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