Lightning kills 10 in India’s West Bengal


NEW DELHI, June 13, 2018 (BSS/Xinhua) – At least 10 people were killed and
several others injured after lightning struck them at different places in
India’s eastern state of West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.

The lightning struck Bankura, Hooghly, West Midnapore, Birbhum and North
24 Parganas districts on Tuesday.

“Yesterday lightning killed 10 people and injured several others in the
state,” a disaster management official said. “Four people were killed in
Bankura district, three in Hooghly, and one each in West Midnapore, Birbhum
and North 24 Parganas.”

On Tuesday the state received its first major spell of rain from the
southwest monsoon. The downpour led to severe water logging and a delay in
train services in Kolkata city.

India’s Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain at isolated
places in West Bengal over the next 24 hours, and has advised fishermen to
avoid venturing into the sea.

Last month storms accompanied by lightning and rains killed over 250
people and injured more than 400 in five states.