Heavy lightning kills 18 in Rajasthan, including 7 children; 21 injured

Lightning strikes claimed seven lives of children from Kota and Dholpur districts.


In separate incidents of lightning in Rajasthan's Jaipur, Kota, Jhalawar and Dholpur districts, eighteen people, including seven children were killed on Sunday.


The police officials in Rajasthan said that twenty-one people also including six children were also injured in lightning incidents in separate villages in the state.


A large number of tourists and city residents were present on the watch tower built on a hill at the ramparts of the historic Amber Fort, when the lightning struck during the first spell of monsoon.


Many of them were injured as they jumped off the watch tower in panic.Teams of the State Disaster Response Force(SDRF) rushed to the spot and sent the injured people to the Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital.


The police officials also joined the search in the hilly terrain in the darkness to look for the injured and the dead.


Meanwhile in the State, four persons died on the spot in Kota's Garda village as well as ten goats and a cow were also killed after lightning struck a tree.


Similarly, a shepherd was killed in Jhalawar's Lalgaon village and one person died in Baran's Bahroi village.Three children were killed in Dholpur district's Kudinna village.


Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot expresses his grief over the deaths and announced an ex-gratia of rupees 5 lakh each.


Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi also expresses his grief over the deaths in a tweet with, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the incidents of lightning in some areas of Rajasthan.”


Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje also expressed her condolences to those who were affected by the lightning strikes on Sunday.

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