Two persons were killed and another one sustained injuries after being struck by lightning at Karaibarishal in Chilmari upazila of Kurigram district on Friday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Jhangir Alam, 30, son of Tamsher Ali, and Al Amin, both residents of the upazila.
Abu Taleb Sarkar, chairman of Ashtamir Char in the upazila, said that lightning struck the three when they were washing rotten jute in a water body in the area around 3 pm.
“While Jhangir and Tamsher died on the spot, Samad sustained injuries and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment,” he added.
Lightning in Bangladesh
Lightning strike has turned into one of the deadliest natural disasters in Bangladesh, claiming over 200 lives every year.
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, 2,164 people died in lightning strikes in the country from 2011 to 2020.
At least 216 people die every year on an average in lightning strikes, more than by floods, cyclones and other natural calamities.
Experts say that about 70 percent of the total lightning strikes usually occur between April and June, and advise everyone to move with caution during this time.
Source: United News of Bangladesh