Several lightning bolts hit the marriage celebration inside just a few seconds, killing a minimum of 16 folks and injuring the groom.
Several lightning bolts have hit a marriage celebration in Bangladesh inside just a few seconds, killing a minimum of 16 folks and injuring the groom, officers say.
The group had simply left a ship on the riverside city of Shibganj to take shelter from the thunderstorm when the lightning struck, a authorities administrator for the city stated on Wednesday.
The bride was not with the marriage celebration, Sakib Al-Rabby instructed the AFP information company, confirming that 16 folks died as a number of bolts struck inside just a few seconds of one another within the western district of Chapainawabganj.
Fierce monsoon storms have battered Bangladesh this yr.
Every week of torrential rains within the southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar left some 20 lifeless, together with six Rohingya refugees.
Lightning kills a whole bunch of individuals within the South Asian nation annually.
According to an official tally, there have been greater than 200 lightning deaths in 2016, with 82 folks dying on a single day in May.
Many deaths are by no means formally recorded, nonetheless, and one unbiased monitor counted a minimum of 349 deaths from lightning strikes.
Some consultants say deforestation has elevated the loss of life toll. Bangladesh has planted a whole bunch of hundreds of palm timber in a bid to ease the influence of local weather change and cut back the variety of lightning deaths.