Bhubaneswar: At least four people including a woman were killed in separate lighting strikes on Wednesday as heavy rains lashed large parts in Odisha.
According to reports, the lighting struck a man at Govindpur village under Kuchinda block in Sambalpur district.
A woman from Srirampur village under Bari block of Jajpur district and an old man at Chhoti village in Kenndrapara were killed due to lightning strikes.
In another incident, a man at Kenduapada village under Baliapala police station in Balasore district was also hit by lightning and killed.
Meanwhile, the local Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued thunderstorm and lightning warning for as many as 23 districts of Odisha.
Thunderstorm with lightning likely to occur in Angul, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Puri, Malkangiri, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Ganjam, Gajapati, Cuttack, Koraput, Kendrapara, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Sonepur, Bargarh, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Boud and Dhenkanal districts between 2.15 pm and 6.15 pm today, a bulletin of the meteorological centre said.
The IMD has also forecast that rainfall is likely to be occurred in these places.
People in these districts have been advised to take shelter in nearby building or other safety locations.