More than 90 people killed in lightning strikes, storm-related incidents in India

GERMAN PRESS AGENCY - DPA
NEW DELHI
Published 22.06.2016 13:33
Updated 22.06.2016 17:47
Indian people stands with their drowned vehicles at parking of Maulana Azad Stadium after a heavy monsoon shower in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, 21 June 2016. (EPA Photo)
Indian people stands with their drowned vehicles at parking of Maulana Azad Stadium after a heavy monsoon shower in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, 21 June 2016. (EPA Photo)

Lightning strikes and storm-related incidents in northern and eastern India have killed 94 people, officials said Wednesday.

The deaths were reported from the four states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh since Tuesday at the start of the monsoon season in the region.

Fifty-three people, mostly farmers, homeless people and those outdoors, were killed after being struck by lightning in Bihar, disaster management official Aniruddh Kumar said.

Most of the deaths were reported from in and around state capital Patna, as well as districts like Aurangabad, Rohtas and Nalanda. Bihar. Twenty-two people sustained serious burn injuries.

Fifteen more were people died in lightning and house collapses during squalls in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh while 10 people died in Jharkhand state.

Sixteen deaths were also reported from the Madhya Pradesh state, officials said.

Storms and lightning claim numerous victims during India's rainy season from June to September.

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