Nine killed in Lightning in Bangladesh

March 21st, 2008 - 11:22 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, March 21 (DPA) At least nine people were killed after being struck by lightning during seasonal storms which battered hundreds of villages in southern and central Bangladesh, reports said Friday. The daily Bangladesh Observer said a newly married couple were among the four dead in the worst-hit southern Barisal province where the winds toppled trees, uprooted electricity poles and disrupted road and ferry links.

Three farmers were fatally wounded as they were working on rice terraces during a raging electric storm in Madaripur district in southern Bangladesh, the report said.

Two other workers were hit by thunderbolt in neighbouring Shariatpur district. They died on way to hospital, the report said.

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