Two youths die as lightning strike them

Puri: Two youths were killed on Friday when they were struck by lightning while playing cricket at Bhanpur in Nirakarpur, about 20 km from here.

The victims were identified as Radhanath Barik (22) and Sadashiv Panda (22).

The duo was rushed to the government hospital at Pipli where they were declared brought dead.

Other players present in the village playground escaped unhurt, they said.

Many parts of Orissa today experienced rain accompanied by lightning and hailstorm.