Lightning in Andhra Pradesh kills at least 32

Deadly lightning claims more than 32 lives in southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP


Lightning hit the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, leaving more than 32 people dead, officials from the state said on Monday.  

The fatalities included mostly farm laborers who were working in their fields when thunderstorms and rain lashed Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, East Godavari, Anantapur and Srikakulam districts in Andhra Pradesh Sunday evening, according to the state's chief minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu.

As the lightning struck a palm tree near the ground in Guntur district, two teams of women cricketers were playing a match. The players escaped safely, calling off the match, a senior cricket official told The Times of India newspaper.

"It was a miraculous escape for the players and the people at the grounds," the official said.

India receives 80% of its annual rainfall with thunders during the monsoon season which affects the country from June to September.

According to weather officials from the state, a low pressure system over the Bay of Bengal triggered the heavy downpours.


TRTWorld and agencies