Lightning kills 79 people, mostly farm laborers, in India

Lightning illuminates the night sky during a storm

Lightning illuminates the night sky during a storm over Guwahati in April. (Photo: Biju Borobiju, AFP/Getty Images)

(SOURCE)  At least 79 people, most of them farm laborers working in the fields during the monsoon season, have been killed by lightning over the past two days in India, according to state officials.

The deaths occurred in the states of Bihar, where 56 people died, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

In Bihar, the victims included at least eight shepherds tending their sheep, said Vyasji, a disaster management official who uses only one name. He told reporters that he expects the death toll to go up as reports come in from remote districts of the state, the Associated Press reports.

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