Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lightning Strikes Kill 16 People in Bangladesh in Single Day - Sputnik International

Lightning Strikes Kill 16 People

At least 16 people, including a woman labourer and four minors, died after being struck by lightning in various districts in Bangladesh in a span of 24 hours. The Netrakona, Faridpur, Manikganj, and Kishoreganj districts were among the most affected areas of the country.

Deaths due to lightning have become a common incident in the nation over the past decade, peaking between the pre-monsoon months of April-June. In 2016, 80 people died during a single rainy day.

According to media reports, at least 1,800 people were killed in lightning strikes between 2010 and 2017 in Bangladesh. A 2014 study conducted by the University of Berkeley predicted that lightning strikes are expected to increase by 12 percent for every degree Celsius of warming. 

Hot air from the Bay of Bengal and colder air descending from the Himalayas collide in the tropical region, causing thunderstorms. The warmer conditions due to climate change are causing more water evaporation from the land and ocean, increasing clouds with potential lightning storms.

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