Staff Reporter, Dhaka Office:
Three people, including a child, have been killed in a lightning strike at a tin-shed house in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
The incident took place at around 2 pm on Saturday (June 5) at Majeda Begum’s tin shed house in the Malibagh Chowdhurypara area.
The deceased were identified as Sabina Akhter Pakhi, 10, Jhuma Akhter, 14, and doorman Abul Hossain, 65.
Neighbor tenant Al-Amin said Sabina Akhtar was playing in front of her house when it rained around 2 pm on Saturday. Then from the iron gate of the house, he became unconscious. Jhuma and later Abul Hossain also fainted when they tried to save him.
Later, Sabina Akhter was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in an unconscious state at around 3 pm and the doctor on duty declared her dead. The other two were taken to Malibagh Community Hospital where they also died.
The mother of the deceased Sabina Akhter, a garment worker Kulsum Akhter, said their home was in Char Manikpur village of Brakshanbaria Bancharampur Upazila. At present, Majeda Begum’s tin-shed house in the Malibagh Chowdhurypara area of Dhaka used to be rented with her son, daughter, and rickshaw puller husband Mohsin Ali. Her daughter Sabina was in fourth grade at a local school.
Hatirjheel Police Station Sub-Inspector (SI) Mohammad Shariful Islam confirmed the incident and said that lightning struck the electricity poles in front of the house during the rains. As a result, their tin-shed house was electrified and three people including a child became unconscious. Sabina was later taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The other two were taken to Malibagh Community Hospital where they died.