BERHAMPUR: At least six persons were killed and two others injured as lightning struck various parts of Ganjam district in Odisha.
The victims were working in fields and taking bath in the ponds when the lighting struck, leaving the six dead on spot, a district official said.
Two others injured in the incident were undergoing treatment at primary health centre at Kankorada where their condition was stated to be stable.
The deceased were identified as Bula Sethi (38) of Anantei village (Kukudakhandi tehsil), Raju Das (50) of Dayapalli (Hinjili tehsil), Rama Nayak (56) of Samapalli (Sorada tehsil), Suresh Rout (13) of M Champeitapur (Kabisurya Nagara), Surendra Sethi (42) and Subodha Khaike (35) of Naudiustha village (Sanakhemundi tehsil), the official said.
Another person in Bhanjanagara area suffered injury when a branch of a tree fell on him, the official said, adding the injured was being treated at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here.
Lightning also claimed lives of a cow and at least 28 goats at S Badapur under Patrapur tehsil, the official added.