by Adeniyi Abdul
When residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh gathered at a mosque in their community for evening prayers, they had no idea just how much of the wrath of mother nature they would be feeling in just a short while. Lightning struck the mosque on Friday as the worshippers gathered for a special evening taraweeh prayers conducted during Ramadan. 13 were left dead in the wake of the disaster, with 20 wounded.
The lightning hit a rooftop microphone being run on power from a car battery and killed the Imam instantly, local council member Abul Kalam told AFP by telephone, adding that “the bodies and faces of some of the victims were burnt.”
“Multiple lightning strikes occurred during a storm when nearly 35 people gathered at a house in the village of Saraswati where they turned a tin roof shed into a makeshift mosque for the month of Ramadan as a regular mosque was far away,” Dharmapasha police chief Bayes Alam told CNN.
“It was a terrible scene,” Alam said. “Dozens were lying on the floor. Some dead, others writhing in pain.
“We took the injured in three boats and headed to hospital in Dharmapasa”, the closest big town, he said. “But it took hours to get there.”