Lightning kills 20 in 7 districts
At least 20 people were killed and 21 injured as heavy storms and lightning hit seven districts across the country yesterday.
The worst-hit district was Chapainawabganj, where 10 people died and two sustained injuries at municipal area, Nachole, Gomostapur and Shibganj upazilas, reports our district correspondent.
The deceased are Osman Gani, 15, Bairul Islam, 35, Rezaul Karim, 22, Ripon Orao, 12, Abdul Mannan, 35, Manik, 50, Setaur, 28, Abdur Razzak,18, Abdul Kaiyum, 35, and Rafiqul Islam, 35.
Of the injured, Abu Hanjala, 9, and Nahida Akhtar, 10, was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and Gomostapur Upazila Health Complex respectively.
Lightning struck Osman Gani and Abu Hanjala when they were collecting mangoes from under trees near their house at Durgapur around 6:30am, said Sarwar Hossain, assistant sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station.
Upazila Nirbahi Officers of Gomostapur and Shibganj and officer-in-charge of Nachole Police Station confirmed the other deaths.
Our Pabna correspondent adds, two people died and 17 others were injured by lightning when they were working at a paddy field around 10:00am yesterday at Paspungali village of Faridpur upazila.
The dead were identified as Md Babu Mollah, 18, and Md Khairul Islam, 26.
Of the injured, 15 were admitted to Faridpur Upazila Health Complex.
In another incident, lightning killed two more people and injured two in Singra and Sadar upazilas of Natore yesterday, reports our local correspondent.
The deceased are Marzina Begum, 28, and Manik Ali, 24.
Marzina was electrocuted at the veranda of her house during a thunderstorm while Manik was working in a field near his house around 10:00am, police said.
The storm also damaged hundreds of houses, uprooted a large number of trees and electric poles in the locality. Besides, standing crops across a vast land area were damaged.
In Noakhali, two children of Noyapara village in Subarnachar upazila were killed by lightning around 12:30pm while they were collecting peanuts in a field.
The dead were identified as Shabana, 13, and Farhana, 10.
Another thunderstorm in Hajiganj upazila of Chandpur killed Shah Alam, 35, and Mamun, 12.
Witnesses said lightning hit Shah Alam while he was harvesting paddy in a field at Sripur village.
Mamun of Doaganda village became a victim while he was playing in a field near his house.
A farmer died and three others were injured by lightning at Gopinathpur of sadar upazila, adds our Gopalganj correspondent.
Lightning struck them while they were taking rest beside a paddy field around 10:30am.
Thunderstorm took the life of housewife Julekha Begum in Akkelpur upazila of Joypurhat, reports our correspondent in Dinajpur.
Lightning struck Julekha when she went out to bring back her cattle from a grazing field.