Lightning Kills Four in Bangladesh


A powerful storm system moved through the Habiganj and Sunamganj districts of Bangladesh on 16 April to 17 April. Lightning from the storms killed four people in separate incidents. The below video powered by Earth Networks Total Lightning Network shows over 20,000 lightning strikes battering the region during a 24-hour period.

Earth Networks detected both cloud-to-ground (yellow) and in-cloud lightning strikes (purple.) In-cloud lightning accounts for approximately 80% of all lightning strikes and is therefore far more common than cloud-to-ground lightning. However, Earth Networks Total Lightning Network is one of the only networks able to accurately detect it.

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All four of those who were killed were working in the fields when the lightning struck. Three died in Habiganj around 2pm local time on 16 April and the fourth was struck around 10am local time on 17 April in Sunamganj.