Lightning kills 11 as India reels from massive floods
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.
Indian villagers walk along a damaged railway track in Gujarat