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Lightning death toll continues to surge, 11 more killed

Death toll in lightning strikes continues to surge in different parts of the country as at least 11 people were killed and seven others sustained severe injuries in Sunamganj, Sylhet, and Bogura on Tuesday, the day a government minister informed that at least 70 people were killed across the country in the weather phenomenon in last two months. At least 34 people were killed in lightning strikes in different parts of the country in last two days. In Sunamganj, Four farmers were killed while working in the field during separate lightning strikes incidents in Jamalpur and Bishambharpur upazilas on Tuesday afternoon. Six other seasons farmers were also injured in Jamalpur, confirms the upazila police station Officer-in-Charge Abul Hashem. According to the OC, the deceased are- Kamlakanta Talukder, 60, Heer Mia, 34, and Abdur Rashid 74. Another farmer Alam Mia, 33, were killed in Bishambharpur upazila while working in the field as well, confirms Shahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sunnamganj Sadar police station.
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In Sylhet, Two teenagers in the district’s Kanaighat upazila were killed in lightning strikes on Tuesday. According to Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police of Kanaighat circle Aminul Islam, the deceased; Tufael Ahmed Tanim, 14, and Salman Ahmed, 13 were killed on the their way to a crop field nearby their village. Tanim and Salman were bringing food lunch for their respective fathers, who had been working in the field, said the ASP. In Bogura, Three persons including a teenager and his mother were killed in two separate lightning strikes incidents Bogura’s Sonatola and Shibganj upazilas. The mother and son, Bilkis Begum, 40, and Sohel Rana, 16, were killed in a crop field in Sonatola, confirms the upazila police station’s Officer-in-Charge Shariful Islam. The other person, Tamidul Islam, 45, were also killed while working in a crop field in Shibganj, confirms the the upazila police station’s Assistant Sub-Inspector Mobarok Hossain. In Naogaon, a farmer was killed in lightning strike while working in the field in the district's Mohadevpur upazila, confimrs the upazila police station's Officer-in-Charge Mizanur Rahman. The OC, however, could not confirm the name of the deceased.
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In Sherpur, lighting strike killed another farmer Hossain Mia, 28, son of Somir Mia of Chakkarpara village in Sadar upazila, while he was cutting paddy amid rain in the field at Chanderbil area at 10:30am, reported UNB.

70 killed in March, April

Meanwhile, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Tuesday said 70 people were killed in lightning strikes in different parts of the country in March and April, according to UNB. Fifty eight people, including 29 people in two days-April 29, 30, were killed by lightning in April while 12 people were killed in March, said Maya while briefing reporters at the secretariat over the government steps during the current weather situation. "We want to assure the country's people that the government is intensely monitoring the current weather condition including lightning strikes and storms,"he said. The minister urged all to observe the weather condition before going out of home.