Lightning kills 7, injures 6 in Indian state of Bihar

The state government announced rupees 400,000 (USD 5920) as compensation for the kin of the deceased. (Representative image) Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters Gaya Jul 06, 2016, 05.54 AM (IST)

Seven people were killed and six others suffered injuries after they were struck by lightning in India's eastern Bihar state on Tuesday.

The incident took place in a village in Gaya district. The victims were out in an open space and enjoying the rain when they were electrocuted by lightning. They were immediately rushed to the hospital but not all of them could be saved.

"Seven people were killed in lightning amid heavy rains. Six people are injured and their treatment is going on," said district magistrate, Kumar Ravi.

The state government announced Rupees 400,000 ($5,920) as compensation for the kin of the deceased.

As many as 59 people died last month in the state due to lightning.


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