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Lightning claims 17 lives in Odisha

india Updated: Jun 02, 2016 15:16 IST

At least seventeen people were killed and nine others injured in lightning that struck different parts of Odisha on Wednesday.

The lightning, which was followed by heavy shower, also claimed lives of 21 livestock.

The southern and coastal parts of the state were the most affected by the natural disaster.

The casualties were reported from Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Khurda and Mayurbhanj districts.

With this, the total number of lightning deaths in a month has touched a total of 25.

On May 1, eight persons were killed in different lightning incidents in the state. According to the special relief commissioner’s office, the total number of lightning deaths till date in 2016 is 85.

Pre-monsoon rains are likely to occur in the state from 5th of this month, as the regional Met department said that they would occur in south and interior pockets of the state on June 6 and 7.