Vicious lightning has killed 79 people across northern and eastern India over the past 24 hours. Among those, mostly were farm labourers working in fields.
A state official said that most numbers of the deaths occurred in the eastern state of Bihar includingAurangabad,Nalanda, Rohtas, Munger, Purnea, Gaya, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Banka and Kaimur, where 57 people died after being struck by lightning. Minimum of 24 other people was injured when thunderstorms and torrential downpourhit the 14 districts of the state.
One casualtyin Rohtas said the journalists: “When it was raining we immediately took shelter. It [lightning] hit us there, and then we fell unconscious.
“We could not understand what had happened. Then in the middle, when I regained consciousness, I realised that I had been hit by something.”
The neighbouring state Jharkhand also took the toll, and ten people were killed by lightning, followed by six in northern Uttar Pradesh state, and another in Maharashtra, according to the police report.
The disaster management officials of Bihar said that the cattle had also perished after being struck by lightning. That included at least eight shepherds watching their sheep. The officials are also expecting the death toll will take a rise when the reports come from the remote districts of the state.
Lightning strikes are a very common phenomenon during India’s monsoon season which extends from June to September. Although, the recent stats are unusually high.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, At least 2,000 people have died in lightning strikes in India every year since 2005.