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Bangladesh declares lightning strikes a disaster as deaths surge with climate change

By: Eastern Eye Staff

BANGLADESH has seen a near-record number of deaths in 2016 from lightening strikes, which are becoming more frequent with climate change. So far this year, 261 people have died from lightning in the country, putting the south Asian nation on track to beat 2015’s 265 deaths. Most lightning deaths usually occur during the warm months of March to July. The problem has prompted Bangladesh’s government to add lightning strikes to the country’s list of official types of disasters, which includes floods, cyclones and storm surges, earthquakes, drought and riverbank erosion, among others. As a result, the government now compensates lightning…

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