Rashmi Ranjan

In a tragic incident, as many as three women were killed and four other persons sustained serious injuries in a lightning strike in Ankura area under Karanjia NAC ward 15 of Mayurbhanj district on Saturday afternoon.

The identities of the deceased are yet to be ascertained.

According to sources, all the victims had come to the village to attend the last rites of a deceased person. Suddenly, a lightning struck the house where all of them were present. 

While three women died on the spot, four sustained serious burn injuries in the mishap. The injured were immediately rushed to the hospital, sources informed.

Till the last report came in, Women and Child Development minister Basanti Hembram visited the village and took stock of the situation.

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