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At least 16 people were killed and 12 others injured in a lightning strike on their way to a wedding in Shibganj

Abdullah Al Mamun, Chapainawabganj: At least 16 people, including a bride and groom, have been killed in a lightning strike Noy Rossiya area in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj. 12 people were injured. The incident took place at around 11:30 am on Wednesday near a tin tent Noorshia area of Pankka Union in the upazila.

The deceased were identified as Rafiqul Islam, 60, son of late Sohbul Haque of Daksin Panka Terrashia village under Shibganj upazila, Tobzul, 70, son of Saib Ali of Dalpara under Maharajpur union of Sadar upazila, Tobzul’s wife Jamila (56), son Sadal Ali (35), Jamal’s daughter Lechan (50), Rafiqul’s son Bablu (28), Badal’s son Babu (20), Sajeeb (22), son of Dhulu Miah of Surya Narayanpur of the same upazila, Sahalal Babu’s wife Mausumi ( 25), Kalu’s son Alam (48), Mostafa’s son Patu (40), Char Surya Narayanpur’s Tipu’s wife Baby (32), Sadikul’s wife Toki Begum (30) of Fata Para village, Char Bagdanga Gothapara’s Sattar’s son Sahbul (30), Babuding area’s Maqbul Son Tipu Sultan (45) and Asikul Islam Daku, 24, son of Serajul of Sundarpur area.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shakib Al-Rabbi said about 30 bride and groom boarded a boat from Alimnagar Ghat area of Sadar Upazila in the morning to their wedding home in Bisharshia area of Panka Union in Shibganj Upazila.

At this time they reached the noy Rossiya Ghat area of the Padma River and got down from the boat and took shelter under the tin tent of the Ghat during the rainy season. At least 16 people were killed and 12 others injured in a lightning strike near the camp at around 11:30 pm. Locals rescued the injured and admitted nine to Sadar Hospital and one to Rajshai Medical hospital for treatment.

The rest are being treated locally. The immediate upazila administration handed over Tk 25,000 in cash to Rafiqul’s family. The rest will be provided financial assistance from the district administration office.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Md. Manjurul Hafeez, Superintendent of Police AHM Abdur Rakib, BPM, PPM (Bar) MP Dr Samil Uddin Ahmed Shimul, Upazila Parishad Chairman Syed Nazrul Islam, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shakib Al-Rabbi, Upazila Project Implementation Officer Engineer Ariful Islam and Shibganj Police Station OC Farid Hossain and others rushed to the spot.

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