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Lightning kills 10 people in West Bengal

June 14, 2018 00:00:00

NEW DELHI, June 13 (Xinhua): At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after lightning struck them at different places in India's eastern state of West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.

The lightning struck Bankura, Hooghly, West Midnapore, Birbhum and North 24 Parganas districts on Tuesday.

"Yesterday lightning killed 10 people and injured several others in the state," a disaster management official said. "Four people were killed in Bankura district, three in Hooghly, and one each in West Midnapore, Birbhum and North 24 Parganas."

On Tuesday the state received its first major spell of rain from the southwest monsoon. The downpour led to severe water logging and a delay in train services in Kolkata city.

India's Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain at isolated places in West Bengal over the next 24 hours, and has advised fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea.

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