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64 killed by lightning

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2016 | 5:00 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):

More than 60 people have been killed by lightning over the last two days during tropical storms across Bangladesh, local media said yesterday.

Most of the 64 lightning deaths since last Thursday have occurred in rural Bangladesh, where farmers are busy with the current harvesting season.

The reports of casualties could not be verified independently, with lightning deaths not usually monitored by government agencies.

Experts say increased deforestation and people's exposure to metal equipment like cell phones are the reasons behind lightning deaths in Bangladesh.