At least 17 people were killed and several others were injured in sporadic lightning strikes in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha states.
In West Bengal, at least four people have died from lightning strikes in two areas of the state. Two people died in Nandigram in the Purba Medinipur district and two others, including a woman, were killed in the Purba Bardhaman district when lightning struck, a senior official said.
In addition, seven people were injured by lightning strikes in the Purba Bardhaman area, the official said, adding that all of the people worked in agricultural fields.
Meanwhile, heavy downpours exacerbated flooding in the southern regions of the state, and Saturday brought new rains.
“The rain has not stopped since Friday evening. Although the rains stopped for a while on Saturday morning, heavy rain resumed in the evening, which worsened the situation in the flood-affected areas. We are monitoring the situation to make sure that everyone is in safe shelters and they have enough food. ", - said the official.
At least five people, including three women, were killed and another five were injured in separate lightning strikes in three districts of Odisha state on Saturday, police said.
They were all struck by lightning while cultivating rice in the Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Balasor districts, police said.
The victims were urgently taken to hospital and are currently undergoing treatment.
Eight people, including three women and two girls, were killed in separate lightning attacks in the Khazaribagh and Palamu districts of Jharkhand state on Saturday, officials said.
Of the seven killed, officials said six people were reportedly working in their agricultural fields, and the 13-year-old boy was returning home when lightning struck them.
Six people were killed in the Khazaribag region, and two were killed by lightning in Palamu.