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13 killed in lightning strikes in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: As many as 13 persons were killed and four injured in lightning strikes at different places in Odisha, officials said on Friday.

“We have received reports from various districts regarding the death of 13 persons due to lightning. We are inquiring into the reports,” said an official from the Special Relief Commissioner’s office.

Jogendra Behera (34) of Jaleswar area, Rudra Raj Behera (24) of Basta and Madhusudan Behera (45) of the same area in the district died as lightning struck while they were working in farmlands.

A 63-year-old woman of Balasore Sadar area was also killed in lightning strike.

Names of other deceased: Bhagaban Sahu (35) of Bolagarh in Khordha, Sarathi Mahanta of Morada area in Mayurbhanj, Laxman Murmu of Manitri in Mayurbhanj, Rajendra Behera of Khunta in Mayurbhanj, Akhila Dalei (55) of Baisinga in Mayurbhanj, a 20-year-old girl of Kainchagadia in Mayurbhanj, Nrusingha Jena (56) of Rajnagar in Kendrapara.