Six killed in lightning strikes

Staff Correspondent

6 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

At least six persons, including two of a family, were killed in incidents of lightning in Dhaka, Pabna and Shariatpur districts during heavy downpour on Saturday.

In Dhaka, a thunderbolt hit an electric line, snapping an electric wire that electrocuted three people, including two sisters, in Malibagh area.

Besides, lightning strikes killed one person each in Dhaka’s Savar upazila, Pabna and Shariatpur districts.

Two sisters -- Sabina Akhter Pakhy, 10, and Jhuma, 14, -- were playing in rain near their tin-shed house behind Abul Hotel in Malibagh area around 2:00pm. An elderly man, Abul Hossain, 65, a resident of the house, was near them.

At that time, a lightning bolt struck an electric poll there, snapping an electric wire in the house and injuring the three persons, said Abdur Rashid, officer-in-charge of Hatirjheel Police Station. They were sent to Malibagh Community Clinic and Dhaka Medical College Hospital where they died, he said. 

Pakhy and Jhuma are the daughters of Mohsin Ali and Kulsum Akhter. They hailed from Manikpur village in Bancharampur upazila of Brahmanbaria.

In Savar, Abdul Khalek, 45, died when a lightning bolt struck him at Kushurai in Kulla union in the morning.

Locals said that Khalek carrying paddy straw on his head was returning to his house from his crop field in the rain.

On his way, a lightning bolt struck him, leaving him dead on the spot.

In Pabna, Dulal Molla, 40, a farmer, was killed in a lightning strike at Mollapara in Bera upazila in the morning.

Dulal, son of late Abu Samad Molla, was working in his field in the morning. Then, rain began and a lightning bolt struck him, leaving him injured, said Officer-in-Charge of Bera Model Police Station Arabindo Sarkar. He was rushed to Bera Upazila Health Complex where he died, he added.

In Shariatpur, Abdul Malek Peda, 36, was killed as a lightning bolt struck him at Doctor Mofizul Islam Rarir Kandi village in Palerchar under Zajira upazila at noon, said Mainul Islam Babul, brother-in-law of the victim.