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Odishatv Bureau

Mayurbhanj/Balasore/Khurda: As many as 15 persons were killed while four others sustained critical injuries after lightning strikes at different places in Odisha today.

According to sources, seven persons were killed in Balasore while five more deaths were reported from Mayurbhanj and Khurda districts.

In Balasore, two persons of Barunagadia panchayat under Basta block were killed by lightning strike while working in a nearby field. Similarly, a youth succumbed to the injuries after being struck by lightning in Jaleswar block Sikharpur Mahulia village youth killed.

An elderly woman was killed in Singakhunta under Soro block while a girl from Srijanga village here was also injured; a girl student of Churuni Padmalochan High School has also sustained injuries due to lightning strike.

In Mayurbhanj, one person was killed while working in his farmland in Chunadiha village under Khunta police limits of Udala. Elsewhere, one succumbed to the injuries in Bada salagaon village under Baisinga block, and another person died in Maheswarpur village after lightning struck him.

In Khurda district, lightning claimed life of one person while two others got injured in Manikpur under Bolagarh block of the district.

According to official sources, lightning strikes animals and humans when they are mostly under a tree or shelter, due to electrical conductivity and earthing.

Meanwhile, the low pressure which was lying in North-West Bay of Bengal on Thursday has turned into a well-marked low pressure on North-West Bay adjoining Odisha and West Bengal coasts, Met officials informed.

"The low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression in the next 48 hours. Due to its effect, most places of Odisha will get light to moderate rainfall and heavy to very heavy rainfall in South Odisha has been predicted," said HR Biswas, director of the Regional Meteorological Centre.

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