Lightning kills 34 people in India


At least 34 people were killed by lightning on Sunday across south-eastern India during monsoon storms.

The 22 victims in Andhra Pradesh state were “mostly farmers or homeless who were outdoors,” disaster management official Hymavathi Katta said from Hyderabad on Monday.

Another 12 were killed in the neighbouring state of Orissa, state disaster official Subhashri Sahu said.

Two state-level women’s cricket teams had a narrow escape when lightning struck a stadium in Andhra Pradesh, prompting the game to be called off.

“It was a miraculous escape for our players as well as the staff,” Seethapathi, a cricket official who uses only one name, told the Times of India newspaper.

Storms and lightning claim numerous victims during India’s rainy season from June to September.