Lightning kills 39 in India


Not less than 39 people have been killed by lightning across India’s eastern state of Bihar during monsoon storms.

Official reports from the state capital, Patna disaster management control room said on Wednesday that the deaths were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The victims were “mostly farmers or homeless, who were outdoors.”

Many thatched houses collapsed and sheds were blown away. The fatalities raised the death toll from flooding and accidents during the monsoon season in Bihar to more than 105.

Lightning strikes and storms are common in India during the monsoon season that stretches between June and September.

Last weekend, 41 people were killed in lightning strikes and storms in Bihar’s neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh.

More than 250 people have died in rain-related incidents in India in July, a bulk of them in Bihar and the north-eastern Assam state.

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