Light­ning kills 11 as In­dia reels from mas­sive floods

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - Light­ning killed at least 11 peo­ple in east­ern In­dia as large swathes of the coun­try reel un­der the worst floods in years that have left hun­dreds dead and mil­lions dis­placed, of­fi­cials said on Mon­day.

The vic­tims were work­ing in fields in Odisha state when light­ning bolts struck them, the state’s top dis­as­ter man­age­ment of­fi­cial said. Fif­teen peo­ple were in­jured on top of the 11 dead.

“The death toll is likely to rise as many were crit­i­cally in­jured,” A K Das, head of the au­thor­ity, told AFP.

As many as 20 states have suf­fered in the cur­rent mon­soon sea­son that be­gan in June.

In the west­ern state of Gu­jarat, 213 peo­ple have been killed in weeks of flood­ing, state dis­as­ter man­age­ment said.

The deaths al­most dou­bled to its present level at the week­end with about 100 bod­ies found af­ter wa­ter started re­ced­ing.

(AFP)

In­dian vil­lagers walk along a dam­aged rail­way track in Gu­jarat

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