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9 Jan 2024

Bangladesh Witnesses Surge in Lightning-Related Deaths Due to Climatic Change

On the day he was to marry, Mamun instead buried 16 relatives killed by lightning while traveling to his wedding. Bangladesh, facing severe weather, reports an average of [300 lightning deaths annually](https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-67779223?xtor=AL-72-%5Bpartner%5D-%5Bbbc.news.twitter%5D-%5Bheadline%5D-%5Bnews%5D-%5Bbizdev%5D-%5Bisapi%5D&at_campaign=Social_Flow&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_campaign_type=owned&at_link_origin=BBCWorld&at_ptr_name=twitter&at_format=link&at_link_id=BBDBAFCC-A772-11EE-B1AD-BE64D0B4AF07&at_link_type=web_link&at_medium=social) compared to 20 per year in the US and from just [dozens per in the 1990s](https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/149447/assessing-lightning-risk-in-south-asia). The event highlights the increasing danger of lightning in Bangladesh, attributed to climate change. Government initiatives and increased awareness are needed to combat this growing threat, especially among vulnerable farming communities.