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13 killed, 25 injured in lightning strikes in Bengal

Of the 13 , three each died in Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas districts, and two each in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2018 16:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Kolkata
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Lightning struck people during a nor’wester that hit different parts of West Bengal on Sunday night.(HT File Photo/Representative)

At least 13 people were killed and over 25 injured after lightning struck them during a nor’wester that hit different parts of West Bengal on Sunday night, a senior official of the state disaster management said on Monday.

Of the 13 , three each died in Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas districts, and two each in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda.

“Most of them were outside their house and working in their fields while lightning struck them,” he said.

Among the four persons injured due to lightning strike in Purulia district, two of them were reported to be critical, the official said.

Alerts were issued across all the blocks in the districts and necessary precautionary measures were taken, in view of the warnings issued by the weather department, he said.

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 16:53 IST