Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during weekend storms in India

(SOURCE)  Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India.

It is not rare for lightning to strike someone when it is monsoon season, but that the sheer number of the death toll is extremely rare. 

The strikes killed people in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand.

 
Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India.

Fatal: Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India (file)

 ‘About 24 people including seven children were killed Saturday and Sunday by bolts of lightning across Bihar,’ State Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said.

In neighbouring Jharkhand, eight people including two children died, Puran Mahto, an official in the state’s Dhanbad district said.

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Monsoon Floods Kill 13 in India

Buses stand stranded as people wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

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AHMADABAD, India — Officials say monsoon flooding has left 13 people dead in the west Indian state of Gujarat where thousands of people took shelter in state-run camps this week.

Nitin Patel, a state government spokesman, says the deaths were caused by house collapses, electrocution and swirling flood waters sweeping people away.

With heavy rains and flooding abating, nearly 12,000 of 17,000 people left state-run relief camps for their homes in one the worst-hit districts of Bharuch, district official Avantika Singh said Friday.

An Indian motorist tries to balance himself as a bus drives past him on a flooded road following heavy rains in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Roads and railway links are also being restored in the districts of Bharuch, Vadodara and Surat, said Patel.

In June, India experienced some of its worst monsoon flooding in the northern state of Uttarakhand, where more than 6,000 people died, including Hindu pilgrims visiting temples.

45 Dead in Pakistan’s Monsoon Rains

Fresh flood warnings issued as more rainfall expected on Monday.

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Disaster relief officials in Pakistan issued fresh flood warnings on Sunday after the death toll from heavy monsoon rains rose to 45 and waters paralyzed parts of the country’s largest city Karachi.

Flash floods caused by monsoon downpours have inundated some main roads in the sprawling port city and swept away homes in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The National Disaster Management Authority warned that more thunderstorms and heavy rains were expected on Monday and some rivers may flood.

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