Lightening strike kills 22 in Bangaladesh
June 20, Dhaka: A week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours. Authorities said Tuesday
Head of the disaster management department Reaz Ahmed told that deaths came as storms swept the country on Sunday and Monday.
A couple and their young daughter were among dead who were working in peanut farm when they were hit by lightning. Hundreds of people die every year from lightning strikes in Bangladesh.
Last year authorities declared a natural disaster when the official toll topped 200 deaths, with 82 people dying on a single day in May. 20,000 school students were trained by meteorological department to avoid being struck by lightning.
Disaster officials spent several months last year looking at ways to reduce the toll and later came up with a programme to plant a million palm trees.
The Oslo Times International News Network