Friday 23 August 2019

Lightning storms kill 20 in eastern India

Millions of people have been hit by floods.

A man covers himself with a scarf and rides his bicycle in the rain in Prayagraj (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)
A man covers himself with a scarf and rides his bicycle in the rain in Prayagraj (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Lightning has killed at least 20 people as thunderstorms and heavy rains lash eastern India, a government official said.

Disaster management official Amod Kumar Sharan said the deaths happened on Tuesday, raising the overall death toll in Bihar state to more than 100 from lightning and flooding since the monsoon season started in June.

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A man covers himself with a jute sack in the rain in Prayagraj (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

Last Sunday, 33 people were killed by lightning in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. They were mostly farmers working in the field.

Millions of people have been hit by floods, their homes and crops devastated by surging waters in the worst-hit Bihar and Assam states.

South Asia’s monsoon rains, which hit the region from June to September, are crucial for the rain-fed crops planted during the season.

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