Lightning strikes killed 17 in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: 17 people were killed and 11 were injured by lightning strikes in different places in Odisha on Wednesday. The victims were either working in open field or sheltered under tree when they were struck by thunderbolts which were accompanied by squall.

While four persons were killed as lightning struck at three places in Kendrapara district, four others were killed in Ganjam district. Among the other deaths, three were reported from Jatni area near Bhubaneswar and two each in Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak districts, police said. 

The casualties have been reported from Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Khurda and Mayurbhanj districts. With this, the total number of lightning deaths in a month has touched a total of 25. On May 1, eight persons were killed in different lightning incidents in the state.