Two workers were killed in a lightning strike at Kutubdia in Cox’s Bazar. Another woman was injured at the time. The incident took place in Baraghop and Ali Akbar Dale Unions of the upazila around 1:15 pm on Friday.
The deceased have been identified as Shahabuddin, 60, son of Abu Jafar of Tabelarchar village under Ali Akbar Dale Union and Sahab Uddin, 45, son of Chattar Hawladar of Ghazalia village under Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali.
According to some eyewitnesses and police sources, worker Sahab Uddin was working in a salt field at Ali Akbar Dale East Tabelarchar in the upazila on Friday afternoon. He died on the spot due to a sudden lightning strike. At the same time, Shahabuddin, a sand transport worker on the Kutubdia channel, was struck by lightning. Besides, Sushila Das, wife of Prabas Das of Jalepara village in Baraghop union of the upazila fell unconscious at home due to the loud sound of lightning. He was later rescued by his relatives and admitted to Kutubdia Upazila Health Complex.
When asked, Officer-in-Charge of Kutubdia Police Station Mohammad Omar Haider said that two workers were killed in the lightning strike. Another woman was injured at the time. The bodies of two workers killed in the lightning strike have been handed over to their families. The injured woman is undergoing treatment at Kutubdia Upazila Health Complex.