Bangladesh Lightning Storms Leave 64 Dead In Just 48 Hours, 90 Killed By Lightning Strikes Since March

Tara West

At least 64 people have died in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours after being struck by lightning during tropical storms, according to the Daily Mail. As the tropical storms batter the region, lightning strikes are becoming an increasingly deadly occurrence. The past two days have been exceptionally devastating, but the lightning has posed a severe risk to those in Bangladesh since March with 90 lightning strike deaths already recorded in the country.

As tropical storms battered the region, lightning became a real issue. Most of the deceased were farmers working in the fields at the time of the lightning storms. Two of the deceased were identified as teens playing football in Dhaka while a third teen also died from a lightning strike while he harvested mangoes.

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That is a significant increase over 2015 during which Voice Of America reports that 51 people lost their lives in electrical storms. With seven months remaining in the year, 2016 will likely prove to be exceptionally deadly in regard to lightning strike deaths. Authorities in Bangladesh are particularly concerned with this year as monsoon season, which brings the tropical storms, appears to have arrived early. The monsoon season typically runs from June through September, but officials note that the devastating electrical storms began as far back as March.

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"If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away."

With monsoon season still ahead and so many deaths already in Bangladesh, authorities are reminding those in the community to remain aware of upcoming storms, and efforts are being made to reach those in rural communities where the lightning devastation is most severe due to the nature of farming.

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