Lightning Kills 34 People In India


Hymavathi Katta, Indian Disaster Management Official, said from Hyderabad on Monday that more than 34 people were killed by lightning on Sunday across south-eastern India during monsoon storms.

He said the 22 victims in Andhra Pradesh state were mostly farmers or homeless who were outdoors.

The officer noted that another 12 were killed in the neighbouring state of Orissa.

Katta said two state-level women's cricket teams had a narrow escape when lightning struck a stadium in Andhra Pradesh, prompting the game to be called off.

Seethapathi, a cricket official, said "It was a miraculous escape for our players as well as the staff."

Storms and lightning claim numerous victims during India's rainy season from June to September.

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