Lightning strikes are commonplace during April-May in Bangladesh
At least nine people were killed and several others were injured in lightning strikes when thunderstorms ravaged two districts of the country on Thursday.
In Jamalpur, six people died and another six persons sustained injuries in streaks of lightning.
The deceased are Kala Sheikh, 45, Shah Jamal, 38, Enamul Haq, 40, Jabed Ali, 68, Billal Hussain, 36, and Mofizul, 50 — all residents of Islampur upazila.
The six injured were taken to different hospitals.
The thunderstorm started around 3:30pm on Thursday in the area, Islampur police station OC Mazadur Rahman said, before adding that six cows were killed by the lightning strikes as well.
In Chapainawabganj, three people were killed by lightning strikes.
The deceased are Rahima Khatun, 38, and Jalal Uddin, 38, of Shibganj upazila and Marufa Khatun, 11, of Nachol upazila.
Shibganj upazila administration would provide the families of Rahima and Jalal with financial aid, said Upazila Project Implementation Officer Ariful Islam.
On Tuesday, at least 16 people were killed and several others were injured in lightning strikes when thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Netrokona, Faridpur, Comilla and Manikganj districts.
Lightning strikes are commonplace during April-May in Bangladesh, when several hundred people – mostly farmers under the open sky – are killed every year.
There is a correlation between thunderbolts and temperature, according to a study published in 2017.
Around 5,000-6,000 meters above the level of Bangladesh’s atmosphere, the temperature remains humid and warm from late April till the third week of May every year, leading to an increase in such incidents during May, the study notes.