At least 67 people have lost their lives in India due to lightning strikes as the annual monsoon rains drench the country, officials say.
According to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), lightning strikes killed at least 47 people, including women and children, during an overnight storm in different parts of the eastern Bihar state in East India and wounded 22 others, mostly in rural areas.
“We have confirmation of 47 deaths and fear the toll may go up as reports are pouring in from other districts,” said Anirudh Kumar, a senior official at Bihar’s disaster management agency, on Wednesday.
Lightning strikes are fairly frequent in Bihar during the monsoon season which commenced from the second week of June to October. The downpours that started earlier this week were the first of this monsoon season.