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Lightning Strikes Kill 27 During India Monsoon Storm –

relentless new wave sends india covid death toll past 200000Lightning strikes killed 27 people and four passengers on a flight were hospitalised after severe turbulence during monsoon storms in eastern India, officials said on Tuesday.

Lightning strikes during the June-September annual monsoon are fairly common in India.

Officials said West Bengal was hit by thunderstorms on late Monday, with lightning strikes in parts of the state.

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“Many of the 27 killed on Monday evening… in the state were farmers and working in the fields,” West Bengal disaster management minister Javed Ahmed Khan told AFP.

A flight from the western city of Mumbai to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, was caught in the storm as it was about to land, officials added.

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Eight passengers were injured with four taken to hospital.

“One passenger is still admitted in the hospital. The others have been discharged,” the airport’s director C Pattabhi told AFP.

“It was a close shave for the passengers.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced financial compensation for the families of the victims and those who were injured.

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Nearly 2,900 people were killed by lightning in India in 2019 according to the National Crime Records Bureau — the most recent figures available.

The monsoon is crucial to replenishing water supplies in South Asia, but also causes widespread death and destruction across the region each year.

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