32 dead in lightning strikes in eastern Indian states
PATNA (AFP) - At least 32 people including nine children were killed over the weekend by lightning strikes in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand, officials said Monday.
"About 24 people including seven children were killed Saturday and Sunday by bolts of lightning across Bihar," State Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said.
In neighbouring Jharkhand, eight people including two children died, Puran Mahto, an official in the state's Dhanbad district said.
Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across the region on Sunday night.