Rayagada: In a tragic incident, a man and his two-year-old daughter were killed in lightning strikes today in Odisha’s Rayagada district.
The deceased have been identified as Daman Gagaranga (35) and his daughter Jyothsna of Karadipanga village under Chandrapur block of the district.
Sources said the father-daughter duo was returning to their home from a paddy field when the lightning struck leaving them dead on the spot.
Notably, official sources said around 400 people are dying in the state every year due to lightning strikes, which is highest for any state in the country.
Worried with the figure, the Odisha government had formed an ‘expert committee’ to ascertain the reason behind lightning death incidents and undertake awareness campaigns to curb such deaths.