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At least 16 people killed, dozens injured including a groom after several lightning bolts hit a Bangladesh wedding party within a few seconds on Wednesday.
Officials said the group had just left a boat at the riverside town of Shibganj to take shelter from the thunderstorm when the lightning struck.
A government administrator for the town said to the media that the bride was not with the wedding party, Sakib Al-Rabby, confirming 16 people died as several bolts struck within a few seconds of each other in the western district of Chapainawabganj.
Fierce monsoon storms have battered Bangladesh. A week of torrential rains in the southeastern district of Cox's Bazar left some 20 dead, including six Rohingya refugees.
Lightning kills hundreds of people in the South Asian nation each year.
According to an official tally, there were more than 200 lightning deaths in 2016, with 82 people dying on a single day in May. Many deaths are never officially recorded, however, and one independent monitor counted at least 349 deaths from lightning strikes.
Some experts say deforestation has increased the death toll with Bangladesh planting hundreds of thousands of palm trees in a bid to ease the impact of climate change and reduce the number of lightning deaths.
Around 215 people — farmers, rural labourers and cattle graziers — have now died from strikes in the country's poorest state since late March, authorities said.
Bangladesh woman cricketer Sanjida Islam has taken social media by storm after posting her wedding photoshoot on a cricket pitch in a strikingly orange saree with proper ‘maang tika’, ‘chur’ (heavy bangles) and ornaments made of flowers.
A flight from the western city of Mumbai to Kolkata, was caught in the storm as it was about to land. Eight passengers were injured with four taken to hospital. "One passenger is still admitted in the hospital. The others have been discharged," the airport's director C. Pattabhi said.
Social media users and residents have called local authorities to honour Matute for his heroic act.
The ministry stated that anti-begging agents in the capital Amman had seized a number of beggars who own property and establishments and have high monthly incomes.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced the launch of the National Seasonal Flu awareness campaign under the theme "Protecting yourself... protects your community."