Four people, including three children, were killed by lightning strikes in Malibagh Chowdhurypara and Adabar areas in the capital during rains on Thursday.

The victims were identified as Sabina Pakhi, 10, Shoma alias Jhoma, 12, Abdul Hoque, 65, and Alu, 14.

Deputy Commissioner (Tejgaon Division) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Shahidullah told UNB that thunderbolts struck them between 2:00pm and 2:30 pm.

Of them, two children and a sexagenarian man were killed near Malibagh Abul Hotel under Hatirjheel police station while another girl, aged around 14, died in Adabar area, he said.

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Sources at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) said when Sabina Pakhi and Shoma alias Jhoma were playing in front of their tin-shed house a lightning strike hit them around 2:15 pm, leaving them unconscious, said Habib, who rescued Pakhi and took her to the DMCH.

Abdul Hoque, who came forward to help the two children there, was also hit by lightning, he said.

Pakhi was declared dead when she was taken to the DMCH around 2:45pm, Habib said.

SI Abdur Rouf of Hatirjheel police station said Shoma and Abdul Hoque were rushed to Moghbazar Wireless Gate Community Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.

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Meanwhile, a thunderbolt struck Alu, 14, in the courtyard of her house at Mehedibagh under Adabar Police station.

She was rushed to a local hospital where a doctor declared her dead, said the OC of Adabar Police Station Kazi Shahiduzzaman.

Different parts of the country, including Dhaka, experienced light to moderate rains on Saturday, bringing relief from heat and pains for pedestrians in the capital.

Officials at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) 56 millimeters of rain were recorded in the capital from 12pm to 3 pm, sending many city roads under water. 

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The rate of lightning strikes is increasing in Bangladesh due to the adverse effect of climate change and the multidimensional use of electric equipment amid the economic development of the country, experts said.

According to the research of Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB), 274 people were killed in 2015, while 387 in 2016, 372 in 2017 and 449 in 2018 by lightning strikes.

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