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16 killed by lightning on their way to marry in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Lightning killed at least 16 people on their way to a wedding party in western Bangladesh and injured several others, including the groom, an official said.

Local government official Sakib Al-Rabby said the bride was not with the group when the incident happened on Wednesday in Shibganj, Chapainawabganj district.

Al-Rabby said the group had just left their boat to take refuge from the storm when they were hit.

The area is approximately 150 miles northwest of Dhaka.

The annual monsoon is underway in Bangladesh. Each year, more than 200 people, most of them farmers in their fields, are killed by lightning.

Experts claim that worsening air pollution and global warming are contributing to an increase in the frequency of lightning in the country.

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