10 killed in lightning strikes in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: At least 10 people were killed in lightning strikes in six districts of Odisha, an official said.

Lightning strikes claimed the lives of four people in Khurda district, two in Bolangir and one each in Angul, Boudh, Jagatsinghpur and Dhenkanal, the office of the special relief commissioner said.

Three persons in Khurda were also injured in lightning strikes that occurred on Saturday, it said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast a similar situation in several parts of the state in the next four days.
A cyclonic circulation has activated the monsoon which caused heavy rainfall across the state, the statement said..

Due to the cyclonic circulation and possible low-pressure area, the southwest monsoon, which remained subdued in Odisha, will now cause heavy rainfall during the next three to four days, he said.

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