12 die in lightning strikes in four districts

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-20
Published : 20 Sep 2016, 17:43:39 | Updated : 20 Sep 2016, 17:57:14

12 die in lightning strikes in four districts

FE Online Desk
At least 12 people were killed in lightning strikes during thunderstorms in three districts on Tuesday.

Rain and thunderstorms took place in capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Tuesday morning.

The casualties occurred in Sunamganj, Tangail, Kishoreganj and Dinajpur between the early hours and afternoon.

On Monday, seven more people, including three in Kishoreganj, had died from lightning strikes in three districts.

In Sunamganj, two bamboo traders died on the spot, after being struck by lightning at Dirai Upazila's Karimpur Union, police said.

Dirai police OC Abdul Jalil identified them as Shamim Mia, 40, and Tohur Mia, 35, of the union's Matiapur village. He said the bodies were handed over to their families, reports bdnews24.com.

Meanwhile, Independent Television says a child, Semran, died in lightning strikes in Tukdirai village of Dirai upazila.

Another report of bdnews24.com said, three others died at the district's Bermona Haor in Shalla upazila while fishing on Tuesday afternoon.

Shalla police OC Bozlar Rahman identified the victims as Hridoy Mia, 18, Emon Mia, 20, and Saimul Islam, 18.

In Tangail, a man and his two sons were killed and his wife was injured in a village at Modhupur Upazila's Berbaid Union in the early hours.

Modhupur police OC Md Shafiqul Islam identified them as Nikhil Hajon, 45, sons George Simsang, 10, and Loton Simsang, 8.

They died on the spot and Nikhil's wife Janata Simsang was critically injured, he said.

Modhupur Fire Service's Inspector SK Tuhin said Janata was first taken to the Upazila Health Complex, but later shifted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital with major burn injuries.

In Kishoreganj, a mother and her son died after being hit by lightning at Karimganj Upazila's Gujadia Union around 10am on Tuesday, police said.

Her 20-year old daughter was also injured at the time, said Karimganj police OC Jakir Rabbani said. He identified the deceased as 'Lalita', 40, and 'Rimon', 15.

Her daughter 'Beauty' was admitted to Tarail Upazila Health Complex with critical injuries.

In Dinajpur, a farmer died after he was struck by lightning while working in the field at Khansama Upazila's Chhatiangarh village in the morning.

Upazila’s Angarpara Union Council Chairman Golam Mostofa said Moti Chandra had died on the spot. –RH
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