Lightning strikes kill nine across Bangladesh

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 02:00, Aug 23, 2019 | Updated : 02:00, Aug 23, 2019

The photo was taken during the nor`wester which hit Dhaka city on Sunday (Mar 31) evening. File Photo/Rajib DharNine people were killed in separate lightning strikes in Bogra, Faridpur, Manikganj, Magura, and Patuakhali districts on Thursday (Aug 22).
In Bogra, three people including husband and wife were killed by lightning strikes in Sariakandi Upazila.
The deceased were identified as Amirul Islam, 40, his wife, Fahima Begum, 30, and Sumon of Sadar union.
Quoting locals, Sariakandi police OC Al Amin said: "Amirul and his wife Fahima were struck by lightning as they were returning home with their cows around 2pm. The five cows were also killed in the incident."
Meanwhile, Sumon was injured by a lightning strike while he was washing jutes. He was declared dead when taken to Sariakandi Hospital, added the OC.
In Faridpur, three people were killed by lightning strikes in Nagarkanda and Saltha upazila between 1pm to 1:30pm.
Farmer Imran Bepari, 22, was struck by lightning while he was busy washing jute in Nagarkanda Upazila and was dead on the spot around 1.30pm.
Hashi Begum, 45, wife of Idris Ali, was struck while she was cooking at Kagdi village of Saltha Upazila around 1pm.
Billal Matubbor, 47, was struck while he was working in his paddy field along with his son at Bata village in the same upazila, said Saltha police OC Md Delwar Hossain.
In Patuakhali, a man died on the spot after being struck by lightning while planting paddy seedlings in Char Haridebpur under Gojalia union of Galachipa Upazila.
The deceased Motiur Rahman, 65, was a local farmer, confirmed Galachipa police station OC Akhtar Morshed.
In Manikganj, a man was killed by a lightning strike as he was on his way to a local pond to take a bath in Ghior Upazila.
The deceased Mangal Chandra Sarkar, 55, was a local farmer.
He was declared dead when he was taken to Ghior Upazila Health Complex.
In Magura, a man was killed and five others were injured in separate lightning strikes in Sadar Upazila.
The deceased Alip, 30 was struck while he was working a power tiller in a paddy field and was injured. He was declared dead when taken to the Magura Sadar Hospital, Magura police station OC Sirajul Islam.
The injured Ahmed, 30, Shilpi, 25, Ambia, 15, Jharna, 40, and Beauty, 35, were admitted to the Magura Sadar Hospital.
Bangla Tribune correspondents from the respective districts contributed to this report.