Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Patnagarh, Aug 26:
In a tragic incident, four persons, including a woman, were killed and an equal number critically injured when lightning struck them today near the Barthla chhak under Patnagarh block in Odisha’s Balangir district, reports said.
All the dead and injured were among the more than 100 people working in a paddy field when tragedy struck at around 3.30 pm today, reports added.
The deceased have been identified as Sitaram Jal (50), Menaka Jal (16), Premananda Bhoi (23) and Gangadhar Putel (19).
The injured have been admitted to the Patnagarh hospital where hospital authorities have stated that their condition is critical.
PatnagarhSDPOPradiptaMohapatr,tehsildarAmiyaSahu, block chairperson BhaktaBandhuNaik and NAC chairpersonManasManjariPanigrahi rushed to the hospital and oversaw the treatment of the victims.Patnagarh MLA and state BJP president K V Singhdeo, while expressing his grief over the tragic incident, demanded adequate compensation for the victim families.