Lightning claims eight lives in state

Bhubaneswar: At least eight people, including two women, were killed and seven others injured after being struck by lightning in different places on Monday, police said.

While two farmers were killed when hit by lightning in their fields in separate areas of Kendrapara district, as many women cultivators were killed and seven others injured in Ganjam district in a similar incident.

Lightning also claimed two more lives in Balasore district and one each in Keonjhar and Bhadrak districts during the day, police said.