Lightning strikes 16 in MP villages
Bhopal: Lightning strike has claimed 16 lives in Madhya Pradesh in the past three days, sources said on Sunday. A 60-year-old woman died on the spot after she was struck by lightning in Shivpuri on Saturday morning, and her son, who suffered severe burns, was hospitalized.
Lightning also struck six college students who went to a forest area in Sheopur district for a picnic. Three died on the spot and the remaining suffered severa injuries. They were admitted to the Gwalior Medical College.
In another incident that occurred in Bhind, two women identified as Ramkali (70) and Gyanodevi (40) died in Sukand village.
In Chhatarpur, a woman and her son died on the spot when they were working in their farmland in Maharajganj village. Another 50-year-old woman farmer died under similar circumstances in Amarwan village
In other incidents, a 35-year-old from Shivpuri, and two adults in their 30s and 40s in Gwalior also died due to the same reason. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of lightning and thunderstorms in eight districts of Madhya Pradesh.
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"We are witnessing heavy rainfall in many parts of the state due to a low-pressure area in central Madhya Pradesh. In Gwalior-Chambal region, there was a lot of lightning activity due to the formation of cumulonimbus clouds on Wednesday," Vedprakash Sharma, IMD scientist and radar head in Bhopal, said.
Sharma said that due to climate change, lightning incidents during monsoon have increased. The IMD has predicted heavy rain with thunderstorms and lightning in several parts of the state including Sheopur, Shivpuri, adjoining parts of Guna, Agar, Rajgarh, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Bhind, Ratlam, Dholawad, Shajapur during Saturday afternoon.