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Lightning Strikes 'Kill 64 People'

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More than 60 people have been killed by lightning strikes over the past two days in Bangladesh, according to local media.

Bengali-language newspapers Prothom Alo and Samaka reported most of the deaths occurred in rural areas, following a tropical storm on Thursday.

They claim two students playing football in Dhaka and a teenager collecting mangoes were among those who died.

The Meteorological office confirmed 14 districts were affected by the electrical storms following a pre-monsoon heatwave.

Experts have suggested increased deforestation and people's exposure to metal equipment - including mobile phones - were to blame.

Palm and other taller trees usually attract the lightning flashes. But with these trees becoming scarce in rural areas.

– Gawher Nayeem Wahr, member-secretary of the Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Forum

Further thunderstorms are predicted to arrive in the next few days, ahead of the monsoon season which runs from June to September.

The Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Forum said: "We will make all efforts, consulting our scientists and other disaster management experts so that lightning strikes cannot be a that big threat in Bangladesh".


www.itv.com/news/2016-05-14/lightning-strikes-kill-64-people-in-bangladesh/

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