Ten people were killed in lightning strikes and 28 were injured in three districts of West Bengal, which witnessed widespread pre-monsoon showers Saturday morning, officials said. Five persons were killed in Murshidabad district, three in Purulia and two others died in Burdwan district.
In Murshidabad, two persons were killed at Maheshpur village, one at Daltonpur village in Hariharpur area, while two others were killed at Rajanagar village in Raghunathganj, official sources said. Three others were also injured due to lightning in Raghunathganj.
A woman and two men were killed as lightning struck them in Jhalda, Baghmundi and Kashipur area of Purulia district while they were working in the fields, District Magistrate Tanmoy Chakraborty said.
Twenty-four people were injured in another incidence of lightning at Chandrakona area of West Midnapore district. They were waiting to join work allotted to them under MNREGA at Tolbostihala village when lightning struck them, police said, adding they were taken to a hospital.
The state recorded 30 mm to 50 mm of rainfall, the weatherman said in Kolkata.