Something like 17 individuals, including five members of a similar family, were killed in a lightning strike on the bank of Padma waterway in Bangladesh’s Chapainawabganj area when they planned to go to a wedding on Wednesday.
Shakib Al Rabbi, the officeholder Shibganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), affirmed the incident which additionally left 15 individuals injured. He said the dead bodies were recovered and brought to Sadar Upazila Health Complex in Chapainawabganj’s Shibganj. The injured had been admitted there too.
The incident occurred at around 12 pm at Tellikhari Ferry Ghat on the bank of Padma waterway when hefty lightning struck in the midst of a spell of a storm.
As per Farid Hossain, the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Shibganj Police Station, 40 wedding visitors from the man of the hour’s side had taken asylum under a tin shed on the stream bank during their boat excursion to the bride’s place to stay away from the downpour when the thunder had hit.
Afterward, the dead bodies were recovered from Alinagar Ghat and shipped off the emergency clinic. Among the deceased, 12 were men and five were women. The rest of the wedding visitors were rescued to a more secure area.
Meherul Islam, Chapainawabganj Fire Service and Civil Defense Station Officer, said, “So far we have recovered 17 bodies. 14 individuals were rescued alive and admitted to Sadar Upazila Health Complex.”
He added, “40 groomsmen were going to the wedding ceremony. Among them, 17 individuals died on the spot in the lightning strike. Relatives have ensured us that others are healthy.”