At least 17 people die after lightning strikes boat with wedding guests in Bangladesh – Prime Time Zone


Lightning strikes are common in the region and have killed at least 255 people since early 2021; six people were injured

Google Maps/ReproductionLightning strike happened in Shibgani city

At least 17 people died and another six were injured on Wednesday, 4, when one lightning hit a boat on the Padma River, north of Bangladesh, carrying guests on their way to a wedding. The incident took place in a remote area of ​​Shibgani city, Chapainawabganj district, around 12:00. The information was confirmed to Efe Agency by the head of the district administration, Manjurul Hafiz. According to him, the victims were killed by the lightning strike, not by drowning. Initially, 13 bodies were found at the scene. Other people were rescued for medical care, but they did not resist and died. Among the six injured, four are in serious condition. The country has a high recurrence of deaths caused by lightning. In 2021 alone, at least 255 people died from electrical discharges of this type, 54 of them were children. To try to alleviate the occurrence of lightning in the country, one million palm trees were planted in rural areas.