Lightning, thunderstorm an impending threat for Bangladesh people


Dhaka, May 14: Lightning has become an impending natural threat for Bangladesh as the climate has tremendously affected by.

Once death by lightning was a rare phenomenon in Bangladesh but now-a-days the death toll is increasing.

At least 60 people had died due to lightning in the country in 48 hours between May 12-13. The spate of death by lightning has become one of the major causes for unnatural death.

Now lightning has become a fear for people specially those who are involved in agriculture.

According to Disaster Forum, 179 people had died in 2011, while 152 persons in 2012.

On Thursday, at least 31 people were killed and some others injured by separate lightning strikes in diffrent districts across the country.

Our Rajshahi correspondent reports: At least five people were killed and six others also injured in Mohanpur, Durgapur and Godagari upazilas under Rajshahi division.

The dead were identified as Rahmat Ali, 30, Abdul Hakim, 45, Satyendranath Dutta, 30, Marzina Begum, 35 and Laily Begum, 40.

Mohanpur Police Station OC, SM Masud Parvez, told this correspondent.

In Sirajganj, on the other hand, a total of five people including women and children were killed in lighting.

The deceased were Nupur Khatun, 8, Motaleb, 42, Anwar Hossain, 45, Abdul Latif, 35 and Shahinur Begum, 30.

In Narsingdi, three people were killed in lightning and they were identified as Abdul Karim, 50, Fuli Begum, 32 and Josna Begum, 38 while another was Anwar Hossain, 30 from Bogra’s Sherpur.

Narsingdi Police Station OC Golam Mostafa and Sherpur Police Station SI Mizanur Rahman confirmed about the incidents.

Locals from Netrakona said two people were killed in the strike at Kendua and Purbadhala upazilas under Netrakona on Friday afternoon. The deceased were Rais Uddin, 50 and Rubel Mia, 25 while one Fazlu Hossain, 45 also died in the lightning at Pabna’s Chatmohar.

Two others were killed in Gazipur, one in Habiganj, two in Natore, four in Kishoreganj and four in Brahmanbaria.