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At least 12 people killed in Bangladesh storm

Over 200 others were injured in a storm, which swept through parts of Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, officials said.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 12:49 IST

At least 12 people were killed and over 200 injured in a storm, which swept through parts of Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, officials said on Wednesday.

Of the 12 killed on Tuesday, seven were reportedly struck by lightning, said officials.

Three people died after being struck by lightning in Banchharampur subdistrict, 116 km from the capital. They were working in their farmland at the time and died instantly.

Further, police in eastern Comilla city confirmed that three people were killed and three others injured by lightning during the storm.

An army official also lost his life in the Dhaka garrison as he was struck by lightning.

The storm, the season's first, also hit northeastern Kishoreganj, 149 km from Dhaka, and Moulvi Bazar district, where officials confirmed the death of five people.

The officials could not give the exact number of injured people. However, they estimated that the number would be over 200.

Dhaka experienced heavy rains of 99 mm after five months, which caused huge traffic jams, leaving thousands of people stranded on their way back home.

Bangladesh is known to be calamity-prone as storms, cyclones and floods are common here, which kill scores of people annually.

First Published: Apr 05, 2006 12:49 IST