9 killed, 8 injured in lightning strike in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: In tragic incidents as many as nine persons were killed and eight sustained critical injuries in Deogarh, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts in separate incidents after being struck by lightning today.

According to sources, four were killed and one sustained injuries at Pendrakhol village in Deogarh district when lightning struck them.

The incident took place in the afternoon today when the victims were returning home after working at a crusher there, the sources added.

Similarly in another incident, two of a family killed and two other members were injured at Somanathaguda area under Maithiliguda block of Malkangiri district after a lightning strike. While the lightning killed father and daughter, it injured son and another daughter.

Besides, three persons were killed and five were injured at different places of Nabarangpur district today by the natural disaster.

While two deaths have been reported from Temera village under Kosagumuda block, one person was killed and five other sustained critical injuries at Chanchanbeda in Umerkote area in the district after lightning strike.