At least 177 people were killed and 47 others injured by lightning strikes across the country from March to June 2021, according to a report.
Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum (SSTAF) disclosed the report at a press conference at its Kakrail office in the capital on Friday.Most of them were killed while harvesting paddy, catching fish or herding cattle in fields. Even, some of the victims died while staying in their houses.
The report was prepared from data which was gathered from local and national dailies and some online portals as well as television channels.
Of the deaths, some 122 people died while working in agricultural land alone while 15 people were killed in thunderstorm while picking mangoes.
The report also said although there were no casualties in January and February this year, the incidents of deaths began in late March. Of the total deaths, some 65 people died in the first week of this month. The report said Sirajganj district has been identified as the hot spot of lightning this year as at least 18 people were killed by lighting in May and June this year in Sirajganj.
Besides, some 14 people died in Jamalpur while some 13 in Netrokona, some 16 in Chapainawabganj and some 10 in Chattagram in the first four months of this year.
SSTAF President Dr Kabirul Bashar, also a professor of Entomology at Jahangirnagar University presided over the event while it’s Secretary General Rashim Mollah and Executive Head Abdul Alim was also present at the conference.