At least 14 people were killed in lightning strikes in five districts of West Bengal that received light rainfall on Thursday, officials said.
Lightning strikes claimed four lives in Purba Bardhaman district and two each in Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas, a disaster management department official said.
West Bengal police officials said six more deaths were reported from Paschim Midnapore and Howrah Rural districts. “Three deaths were reported from Paschim Midnapore and Howrah rural areas,” the official said.
According to officials, the victims were mostly farmers who were struck by lightning while working in agricultural fields. Thunderstorms occurred in several districts of South Bengal including Kolkata, Howrah, North 24 Parganas, Purba Bardhaman and Murshidabad on Thursday evening.
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