More than 90 people were killed and dozens more injured in a series of lightning strike incidents India this week.
Multiple flashes continue to light up the sky as a monsoon lashed the southern coast.
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At least 93 people have died and 20 more received injuries in the past few days as lightning strikes along with heavy rains and violent thunderstorms swept through Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Most of the victims were farm workers, Indian authorities said.
Just last night lightning left at least 56 people dead in the eastern state of Bihar.
“Many of the victims are children and women,” Anirudh Kumar, a senior official at Bihar’s disaster management agency, told AFP news agency on Wednesday.
#Lightning Kills Atleast 55 In #Bihar ; Govt Offers Rs 4L Compensation To Kins https://t.co/1DG8fTOQ9h pic.twitter.com/wYWx0tQBG3
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A distressing video obtained by Ruptly on Wednesday shows overcrowded hospitals and dozens of people grieving the dead in the Sasaram city in Bihar.
“When it was raining, we immediately took shelter. It [lightning] hit us there, and then we fell unconscious,” a man who was taken to a hospital said.
Praying 4 The Families
Lightning Kills 79
Mostly Farm Laborers, Working in The Fields over 2Days in India pic.twitter.com/ZSiTOxm7VC
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“We could not understand what had happened. Then in the middle, when I regained consciousness, I realized that I had been hit by something.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply anguished” by the incident.
My thoughts & prayers are with those who lost their near & dear ones due to the lightning. May the injured recover quickly: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 22, 2016