A Sign of the Times? Lightning Strikes Kill Nearly 100 in a Single Day

Bangladesh has seen a near-record number of deaths this year from a phenomenon that appears to be worsening with climate change:lightning strikes.

So far this year, 261 people have died from lightning in the country, putting the South Asian nation on track to beat last year’s 265 deaths. Most lightning deaths usually occur during the warm months of March to July.

India has seen a similar surge in lightning deaths, with 93 people killed just in the past two days, officials said.

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.

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