Thursday, August 5, 2021

Lightning Strike Kills 17 People At A Wedding In Bangladesh

Lightning strike kills 17 people at a wedding in Bangladesh 

Several lightning bolts hit a wedding in Bangladesh, killing at least 17 wedding party guests. At least 14 others, including the groom, were injured, while the bride was not present when the incident took place, Sakib Al-Rabby, a local government official, told AFP. The group had just got off a boat on the bank of the river Padma near Shibganj on Wednesday 4th at noon, to take shelter at the bride's house when lightning struck, the BBC reported.The lightning struck Chapainawabganj, the Western district of Bangladesh, about 150 miles north-west of Dhaka. In 2016, according to an official tally, there occurred 200 lightning deaths in a single month, as well as 82 in a single day in May. Following this, Bangladesh declared lightning strikes as a natural disaster. Experts link the rising lightning deaths to climate change, with deforestation in Bangladesh making the area more vulnerable to impact. Hundreds and thousands of young palm trees have been planted in Bangladesh since 2017 with the aim of combating climate change and reducing the number of lightning deaths. Source

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