Lightening Killed at-least 60 in Bangladesh; Increasing Use of Mobile Phones
Lightening Killed 60 in Bangladesh; Increased Use of Mobile Phones

More than 60 people have been killed by lightning as tropical storms battered Bangladesh. Two local newspaper in the capital Dhaka reported that there had 64 lightning deaths since Thursday, most of them in rural Bangladesh.

It is believed many of the dead were farmers who were in the fields, harvesting crops. Experts say the increasing use of mobile phones and other metal equipment in Bangladesh is behind a rise in lightning deaths in recent years.

Experts say global warming and deforestation may also be factors. Bangladesh is prone to electrical storms but this year they have been particularly severe.

The Prothom Alo newspaper said among the dead were two students in Dhaka, who were struck as they played football, and a teenage boy who died when he went to collect mangoes.

About 90 people have been killed by lightning in Bangladesh since March, compared to 51 people in the whole of last year, according to Voice of America.

The head of Bangladesh's disaster management body Mohammad Riaz Ahmed said he was concerned by the rise and said people were urged to be careful as more thunderstorms were predicted for later this month.

The monsoon season traditionally runs from June to September but may have arrived early this year.




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