At least 17 people of a wedding party, including the groom, died when lightning struck them on their way to the bride’s house in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj on Wednesday.
The tragic incident took place at Charpaka at 12noon when the wedding party was going to Paka in Shibganj upazila from Alamnagar in Sadar upazila by boat.
A dozen people of the wedding party also suffered serious burn injuries. They were taken to Shibganj Upazila Health Complex. Local people said lightning struck a wedding party when they took shelter in a tin-shed house on the bank of Padma river during rain.
Fifteen people died on the spot and two others succumbed to their injuries in the health complex.
The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Shibganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sakib Al Rabbi said the dead bodies were taken to Shibganj Upazila Health Complex.