Lightning strike on Bangladesh wedding party kills at least 17


  • The wedding party was on its way to the bride’s house when several bolts of lightning struck a boat terminal. The groom was among the 14 injured
  • Lightning kills hundreds of people in the South Asian nation each year

Several lightning bolts hit a Bangladesh wedding party within a few seconds on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring the groom, 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 the boat terminal on the banks of the Padma River, said Sakib Al-Rabby, a government administrator for the town. The bride was not with the wedding party, who were making their way to her house.

“We have information of 17 people who died and several others were admitted to hospital,” police official Farid Hossain said.