Seventeen people, including five women, were killed and 11 others injured in a lightning strike at Telikharighat in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district on Wednesday.
Twelve of the deceased were identified as Toki, 30, Lechan, 40, Saidur, 35, Sajib, 18, Jamila, 60, Sahabul, 30, Manam, 35,Bailey, 35, Shariful,40, Bablu, 25, Mausumi, 25, Tipu, and Sultan, 45.
All of them are from Narayanpur in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila.
Shibganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shakib Al Rabbi said the lightning struck a group of people when they had taken shelter under a shed during rains around 12 pm, killing 17 of them.
They met the tragic end of their lives while heading towards Paka union to attend a wedding ceremony.
Among the injured, 10 are currently undergoing treatment at Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital while one has been referred to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital.
Confirming the information, Resident Medical Officer of the sadar hospital Dr Nahar said, “The one who has been transferred to RMCH is in critical condition.”
Lightning strikes in Bangladesh
Lightning strike has turned into one of the deadliest natural disasters in Bangladesh claiming over 200 lives every year due to the loss of natural defense and lack of precautionary measures.
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, 2,164 people died in lightning strikes in the country from 2011 to 2020. At least 216 people die every year on average in lightning strikes, more than by floods, cyclones and other natural calamities.
Experts said about 70 percent of the total lightning strikes usually occur between April and June, and advise everyone to move with caution during this time.