Lightning kills 14 in Bihar villages

Jul 12, 2012, 12:52 IST | Agencies

At least fourteen people died after being struck by lightning as torrential rains lashed Bihar, officials said.

At least 14 people, including four women, have been killed after being struck by lightning across Bihar since Wednesday, officials said today.

The deaths took place in villages of Bhagalpur, Jamui, Munger, Katihar, Patna and Purnia districts.

"Most of them were killed by bolts of lightning," said an official of state disaster management department.

Five others who were injured were hospitalised, he said.

Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across the state Wednesday and today morning.

Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are common, with villagers housed in bamboo-and-grass huts most at risk.

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