Bangladesh’s battle against deadly lightning strikes takes root

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Bangladesh’s battle against deadly lightning strikes takes root

Planting palms is now part of a desperate plan to combat one of the nation’s perilous disasters

AZM Anas

Along the rutted village roads of this sub-district in central Bangladesh, one plant stands out: young palms.

Hundreds have been planted since 2017 in an effort to combat one of Bangladesh’s fastest-growing disaster threats – a surge in deadly lightning strikes.

In Bangladesh, moist and hot air flowing from the Bay of Bengal and colder, heavier air descending from the Himalayas have long collided in lightning-sparking thunderstorms, said Murad Ahmed Farukh, an environmental scientist at Bangladesh Agricultural University...

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