Lightning kills 246 in six months

Staff Correspondent

9 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

At least 246 people were killed and 97 injured by lightning strikes across the country in six months, according to a survey report.

According to the non-governmental Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum the death were reported between February 1 and August 30, and included 202 were men, 30 women, six children and eight youths.

Most of the victims were killed while they were harvesting paddy, catching fishing or raising cattle in fields, it said.

Some of the victims died while sleeping in cottages, tin-shed houses and under trees.

The forum released the report at a press conference at Resourceful Paltan City building in Dhaka on Sunday.

They gathered the data from several national dailies, local dailies, online news portal and television scrolls.

In February, at least 11 people were killed and eight others were injured by lightning strikes

Of them, 10 are male and another was a woman. Of the injured, four are males, two females and others are youths.

In March, five people were killed. Of them three are male and another two females. Among the injured, three are two are children and another was man.

In April, at least 20 people were killed and eight others were injured. Of the deceased, 17 are male, two females and another youth. Of the injured, seven are males and rest of them is female.

In May, at least 60 people were killed. Of them 48 are male, 8 females, one child and three youth. Of the 24 injured, 15 were male, 7 females and two children.

In June, 66 people were killed and 18 others were injured by lightning strikes. Of them 11 are females, three child and another two also youths killed. Of the injured, 12 are males, two females, three child and rest of them are youths.

In July, at least 47 people were killed. Of them 43 male and rest of them are females. And also injured 25 people while 23 male and two also female.

In August, 37 people were killed and 11 others were injured. Of them 31 are male, four females and another two females killed. Of the injured, seven are males, two female, one child and rest of them are youth.

Of the deceased, 22 people were killed in Satkhira. Other death incident took place in Kishoreganj, Pabna, Sunamganj, Cox’s-Bazar, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Tangail were more casualties.

Secretary General of the organization Rashim Mollah, Executive Head Abdul Alim, Vice President Shohel Rana, Executive Member Masud Rana, Govt Titumir College Member Hasnain Ahmed, Govt Bangabandhu College Member Zubair Hossain and other were present at the press conference.