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India: Lightning strikes kill over 100

26-06-2020, 13:06

Lightning strikes killed at least 104 people in the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, BAKU.NEWS says, citing RIA Novosti.

Bihar's Disaster Management Department said the Gopalganj district saw the highest death toll, with 13 people killed. The rest of the deaths were recorded in 22 separate areas across the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twiter and stressed the authorities were working "with urgency" to provide relief.

Dozens more were injured due to monsoon winds bringing down trees and electricity poles. The northeastern state of Bihar reported 83 lightning strike causalities, its highest single-day toll in several years, said senior disaster management official Avinash Kumar. He noted that the country saw two particularly deadly days in 2015 and 2017 when the death toll exceeded 50. Neighboring Uttar Pradesh recorded at least 21 deaths.