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64 people killed by lightning in Bangladesh

Posted on Sunday, 15 May, 2016 | Comment icon 6 comments

It is rare for lightning to kill large numbers of people. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Blyskawica
According to reports, several dozen individuals have been killed by lightning strikes in just two days.
The chances of being killed by a bolt of lightning are incredibly low, yet for residents in Bangladesh recently this unlikely scenario has been playing out over and over again to devastating effect.

Leading Bengali-language newspapers have reported that a total of 64 people have been killed by lighting strikes since Thursday - most of them residing in rural areas.
Factors contributing to this freak disaster are thought to include deforestation across the region and a rise in the number of farmers working out in the open fields using metal tools and equipment.

Lightning strike deaths are not something that the government typically monitors in Bangladesh however after this incident there are indications that this may soon change.

"We will make all efforts so that lightning strikes cannot be that big a threat in Bangladesh," said Mohammed Riaz Ahmed, the country's disaster management chief.

Source: Fox News | Comments (6)

Tags: Bangladesh, Lightning

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 15 May, 2016, 16:11
Yikes! Compare that to the U.S., where only 5 have died so far this year from lightning.
Comment icon #2 Posted by GreenmansGod on 15 May, 2016, 16:41
Experts say increased deforestation and people's exposure to metal equipment like cellphones are the reasons behind lightning deaths. In other words they have p*ssed off mother nature.
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam on 15 May, 2016, 17:14
"We will make all efforts so that lightning strikes cannot be that big a threat in Bangladesh," - See more at: and how is he going to do this, have a little word with Astrape? After all the years of farming, something has gone badly wrong if the farmers of today do not know that you should not be in the fields when there is thunder and lightning. If they believe they will protected by a god, maybe they should ask their god for rubber handles.
Comment icon #4 Posted by bubblykiss on 15 May, 2016, 17:42
They keep killing nonbelievers, yesterday they murdered a 70+ year old Buddhist monk. God is just reminding them to act more humanly to humanity.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 16 May, 2016, 19:31
In other words they have p*ssed off mother nature. I still find that hard to believe. There are more than enough cars around to attract lightening and you don't hear much of that happening. I know you're safe in your car due to it being a Faraday cage, but I had a bolt hit a 100 ft or so from I-20 last year that scared the you know what out of me. That was way too close for comfort.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hawkin on 23 May, 2016, 7:57
I wonder if the farmers set up lightening rods on their farm that will reduce them getting fried?

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