An official in the eastern state of Bihar said that at least 56 people had been killed by lightining since Monday. Another 24 were injured by severe thunderstorms and monsoon rains in at least 14 districts of the state. The people killed were mostly labourers working in the fields.
Authorities in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh said at least 20 people had been killed over the past two days.
Lightning strikes are known to be common in India especially during India’s monsoon season which runs from June to September each year, but it is believed that this year’s occurrence and casualty was unusually high.
An official of the eastern state of Bihar disaster management, said that a lot of cattle also died after being struck by lightning. Those that died according to the official in his remarks included eight shepherds out grazing their sheep.
Lightning is known to kills thousands of Indians each year, most of whom are usually farmers working in the fields. But in 2014 alone, more than 2,500 people were killed by lightning in India according to India National Crime Records Bureau.