Patna: At least 14
people, including four women, have been killed after being struck
by lightning across Bihar since Wednesday, officials said
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 Thursday morning.
Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are
common, with villagers housed in bamboo-and-grass huts most at