Four killed in Sunamganj lightning strikes

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Four people were killed in lightning strikes in three upazilas of Sunamganj on Saturday morning.

The deceased were Harivakta Das, 45, a resident of Mahtabpur village, and Abdul Quader, 18, a resident of Urdonpur village of Dirai upazila, Rasheda Begum, 40, a resident of Konapara village of Tahirpur upazila, and Abdul Jalil, 50, a resident of Shibrampur village of Dharampasha upazila.

Officers-in-Charge (OCs) of Jagannathpur, Dirai, Shalla and Dakkhin Sunamganj police stations confirmed the deaths of the farmers due to thunder strikes.

Meanwhile, Asab Uddin, 25, of the same village and Alamgir Hossain, 29, of Bhojna village, were injured in the incident.

They were on a boat, lifting sandstone from the Chela River, when lighting struck.

Police and locals said that Ali Hossain and the injured were rushed to the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for treatment.

Dowra Bazar police station Officer-in-Charge Sushil Ranjan Das said, “Lightning struck them when they were on their way to lift sandstone.”