Lightning kills 17 people at a wedding party in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh authorities have informed that around seventeen people have died at a wedding party after being struck by lightning. 

BangladeshThe Bangladesh authorities have informed that around seventeen people have died at a wedding party after being struck by lightning. 

 Including the groom, Fourteen other individuals were injured. Although the bride was not with the wedding party, the officials informed. 

The party was debarking from a boat at the riverside town of Shibganj, heading towards the bride’s house, when they were caught in a thunderstorm.

Local people stated that several bolts of lightning hit the people who were enjoying the wedding party. Every year, hundreds of people crosswise to South Asia are killed by lightning.

In the year 2016, Bangladesh declared lightning struck a natural disaster when more than 200 people were died in the month of May alone, including 82 people on a single day.

Experts say deforestation has played a part in the rising number of deadly lightning strikes due to the removal of many tall trees that before would have drawn lightning strikes.

What causes lightning –

Lightning is an electrical discharge produced by imbalances between storm clouds & the ground or within the clouds themselves. 

This heat then creates surrounding air to expand and vibrate rapidly, which further creates the pealing thunder everybody hears a short time after seeing a lightning flash.

Deaths around the world due to lightning –

Around 240,000 incidents regarding lightning strikes happen globally each year. According to National Geographic, annually, approximately 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning.

Lightning strikes can create severe injuries and are lethal in between 10 per cent and 30 per cent of cases, with up to 80 per cent of survivors bearing long-term injuries. 

Thermal burns do not usually cause these severe injuries since the current is too brief to heat up tissues significantly; instead, nerves & muscles might be directly damaged by the high voltage producing holes in their cell membranes.