Lightning Strike Kills 17 People at a Wedding in Bangladesh

Several lightning bolts hit a wedding in Bangladesh, killing at least 17 wedding party guests.

At least 14 others, including the groom, were injured, while the bride was not present when the incident took place, Sakib Al-Rabby, a local government official, told AFP.

The group had just got off a boat on the bank of the river Padma near Shibganj on Wednesday 4th at noon, to take shelter at the bride’s house when lightning struck, the BBC reported.

The lightning struck Chapainawabganj, the Western district of Bangladesh, about 150 miles north-west of Dhaka.

The annual monsoon is currently taking place in Bangladesh. It brings a change in the direction of the prevailing winds of the region and causes wet and dry seasons throughout much of the tropics.

During this time each year, lightning takes over 200 lives, the victims mostly being farmers in their fields.

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Source: Daily Mail