Lightning kills 27 in India

Lightning kills 27 in India

 

 

Lightning strikes killed 27 people; and four passengers on a flight were also hospitalised; after severe turbulence during monsoon storms in eastern India, officials said on Tuesday.

 

Lightning strikes during the June-September annual monsoon are fairly common in India.

 

Officials said West Bengal was hit by thunderstorms late on Monday; with lightning strikes in parts of the state.

 

“Many of the 27 killed on Monday evening…in the state were farmers and also working in the fields;” West Bengal disaster management minister Javed Ahmed Khan said.

 

A flight from the western city of Mumbai to Kolkata; the capital of West Bengal; was caught in the storm as it was about to land, officials added.

 

Eight passengers were injured with four taken to hospital.

 

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“One passenger is still admitted in the hospital. The others have been discharged,” the airport’s director C. Pattabhi said. “It was a close shave for the passengers.”

 

Nearly 2,900 people were killed by lightning in India; in 2019 according to the National Crime Records Bureau — the most recent figures available.

 

The monsoon is crucial to replenishing water supplies in South Asia; but also causes widespread death; and destruction across the region each year.

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