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At least 16 people were killed and 13 others injured in lightning strikes in Magura, Sirajganj, Sunamganj, Rangamati, Brahmanbaria, Naogaon and Noakhali districts on Sunday.
In Sirajganj, five people, including two members of a family, were killed and three others injured in the district's three upazilas.
The deceased are: Nabil Khan, 17, Palin Hossain, 18from Shahzadpur upazila; Shamsul Haque, 40, and his son Arfan Haque, 14, from Kazipur upazila and Abdul Kader, 37, from Kamarkhand upazila.
Quoting the victims' family members, police and locals said, Shamsul and his son Afran died on the spot when lightning struck them in a field at Tekani char around 9:30am on Sunday.
Nabil Khan and Polin Hossain were hit by thunderbolts when they took shelter at Shahzadpur Bazar during rain around 10:00am.
They were taken to the local health complex where doctors declared them dead.  Kader, a farmer, was struck by lightning while going to a field around 9:00am and died on the spot, our Pabna Correspondent said.
In Kalikoir of Gazipur district, garment worker Zafrul Islam, 20, and five other including a woman, were injured around 8.00am on Sunday. ASI of industrial police Faruk Hossain confirmed the report.
The incident occurred in front of Incredible Fashion's factory at Matikata area of Kaliakoir Sadar.
In Magura, three people  namely Shamim, a rickshaw-van puller from Akkurpara village and Alam from Rai village in Sadar upazila, Mehedi from Bunagati village of Shakhila upazila were killed when lightning struck them, a correspondent from Magura reports quoting a doctor of the district's Sadar Hospital.
In Rangamati, Mansura Begum, 32, of Baghaichhari upazila, was killed in a lightning strike when she was  bringing back home her cattle from field around 10:00 am, said Amir Hossain Khan, Officer-in-Charge of Baghaichhari Police Station.
In Sunamganj, Liton Mia, 30, a farmer from Syedpur village in Sadar upazila, was killed when a thunderbolt struck him while working on his cropland around 8:30am.
In Noakhali, Iqbal Hasnat Pial, a class seven student, sustained injuries when a thunderbolt struck him at Laxminarayanpur this noon. He was playing with his friends in a field when the incident took place.
Pial, 13, son of Rana Jaglu, was rushed to Noakhali General Hospital where doctors declared him dead, our local correspondent reports quoting the victim's father.
In Brahmanbaria, Abdur Rahim, 50, a day labourer, died on the spot as he was hit by a lightning strike while harvesting crops in a field at Doroin village in Akhaura upazila around 9:00am, said Mugra union parishad chairman Monir Hossain.
Housewife Sonavan, 24, was killed and three others including her husband Rubel Hossain were injured. Two others injured are Saleha Bibi and her son Raju ,12. The incident occurred at 11:00 am on Sunday.

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