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Lightning Strikes in India Kill 90 People Amid Seasonal Monsoons

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016 12:20 PM

Lightning strikes in India killed at least 90 people during seasonal monsoons in four Indian states on Tuesday.

Lightning causes the most deaths among natural disasters in India, where 2,582 people died in lightning strikes in 2014, CNN reported.

On Tuesday, Bihar saw a record 57 deaths from lightning. Strikes also killed 17 people in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Jharkhand, and six in Madhya Pradesh.

Most of those killed were working on farms, the BBC reported.

"When it was raining we immediately took shelter," one man at a hospital in Rohtas said, according to the BBC. "It [lightning] hit us there, and then we fell unconscious. We could not understand what had happened. Then in the middle, when I regained consciousness, I realized that I had been hit by something."

Farmers are calling on the government for assistance, The Guardian reported.

“Work is work. We can’t stop because of the weather. We have to keep working in the fields. But we feel scared when we see so many clouds, so much electricity in the sky,” Lal Babu Usvaha told the U.K. publication.

The government announced that it will provide relief amounting to almost $5,900 to each of the families of those killed in the lightning strikes, The Guardian reported.

Still, farmer's have lost faith in the government's ability to prevent lightning deaths.

“There are hundreds of thousands of farmers in Bihar … The government can’t do anything. Whatever has to be done, we will have to do ourselves,” said Rakesh Kumar Singh, the secretary of a Bihar farmers’ collective.

The monsoon season, lasting from June to September, brings about 80 percent of the country's annual rainfall.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the disaster.




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