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'64 killed' by lightning during Bangladesh storms

Published 14/05/2016

Lightning strikes have killed dozens of people in Bangladesh
Lightning strikes have killed dozens of people in Bangladesh

More than 60 people have reportedly been killed by lightning over the past two days during tropical storms across Bangladesh.

Bengali-language newspapers Prothom Alo and Samakal reported on Saturday that 64 people have been killed by lightning since Thursday.

The reports said most of the deaths have occurred in rural Bangladesh, where farmers are busy with the harvesting season.

The reports of casualties could not be verified independently, with lightning deaths not usually monitored by government agencies.

Experts say increased deforestation and people's exposure to metal equipment like cellphones are the reasons behind lightning deaths in Bangladesh.

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