Lightning strikes kill 14 in eight districts

DHAKA, April 29, 2018 (BSS) – At least 14 people were killed in lightning
strikes in eight districts –Sirajganj, Magura, Noakhali, Brahmanbaria,
Naogaon, Rangamati, Gazipur, and Sunamganj- today.

In Sirajganj, five people, including father and son, were killed in
lightning strikes in Kazipur, Sahajadpur and Kamarkhanda upazilas today.

Shamsul Mondol, 55, and his son Arman Ali, 14, of Kazipur upazila in the
district were killed while working on their peanut field at Tekani char of
the upazila.

In another incident, Quader Hossain, 37, Pestakukra village under
Kamarkhanda upazila, was killed in a lightning strike while cutting paddy on
his field amid rain, police said.

Nabil, 17, son of Faruq Khan and his friend Polin, 15, son of Rasedul
Islam, residents of Chhoiani village of Sahajadpur upazila, died on the spot
at the village as lightning struck them.

In Magura, three people were killed as lightning struck them in Sadar and
Salikha upazilas.

The deceased are: Shamim, a rickshaw van driver of Akkurpara, Alom, son of
Abur Rashid of Rai village, both under Sadar upazila, and Mehedi, of Bunagati
village under Shalikha upazila.

In Noakhali, Iqbal Hasnat Pial, a class five student, sustained injuries
when a thunderbolt struck him in a field at Laxminarayanpur at about 11.30
am. He was playing with his friends when the incident took place.

Pial, 12, son of Sohel Rana Jaglu, was rushed to Noakhali General Hospital
where doctors declared him dead.

In Brahmanbaria, Abdur Rahim, 40, a farmer, died on the spot as he was hit
by a lightning strike while harvesting crops in a field at Doroin village in
Akhaura upazila this morning, said officer-in-charge of Akhaura police
station Mosarrof Hossain.

In Naogaon, a lightning hit housewife Sonavan, 24, wife of Rubel Hossain,
resident of Sapahar upazila. She died on the spot.

In Gazipur garments worker Jafrul Islam, 20, died on the spot in Matikata
area under Kaliakoir upazila as thunderbolt struck him. Five others workers
were injured in the incident.

In Rangamati, Mansura Begum, 35, of Baghaichhari upazila, was killed in a
lightning strike while she was bringing back home her cattle from field
around 10 am, police said.

In Sunamganj, Liton Mia, 30, a farmer of Syedpur village in Sadar upazila,
was killed when a thunderbolt struck him while working on his cropland this
morning.