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Lightning strikes in India's Gujarat kill 24

Lightning strikes in India's Gujarat kill 24
28 Nov 2023 11:07


Twenty-four people have died by lightning strikes, while approximately 23 were injured in rain-related incidents in the western Indian state of Gujarat over the past two days, government officials said, with rains continuing on Monday morning.

The state was hit by heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and hailstorms on Sunday and Monday, with some places receiving up to 144 millimetres (5.7 inches) of rain in the 24 hours, ending on Monday morning, according to state government data.

The rains caused damage to houses and loss of cattle across the state. "We will begin a survey soon to assess the loss suffered," Gujarat Agriculture Minister Raghavij Patel said on Monday, adding that compensation will be paid to victims on the basis of the survey's results.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted that rainfall will continue in parts of the state on Monday. Gujarat is not unfamiliar with rain-related calamities.

In June, at least two people died in India's western state of Gujarat after being swept away by flood waters just before the cyclone hit. In August 2020, 14 people died in the state over just two days in various incidents related to heavy rains and flooding. A year previously, in August 2019, 31 people died in the state in rain-related incidents.

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