Eighteen people, including seven children, were killed in separate lightning strikes in Rajasthan’s Jaipur, Kota, Jhalawar, and Dholpur districts on Sunday, according to police.
They also reported that twenty-one people, including six children, were injured in lightning strikes in separate villages throughout the state.
In a major tragedy in Jaipur, 11 people were killed and eight others were injured when lightning struck them on a hill near the Amber Fort, according to officials. Others were on the hill, while some were taking selfies on a watch tower. They said those on the watch tower were killed when lightning struck late at night.
“Eleven people have died and eight have been injured,” said Jaipur Police Commissioner Anand Srivastava.
He stated that a search for other injured people is underway.
Chief Whip in the Rajasthan Assembly Mahesh Joshi and MLA Amin Kagzi visited the injured at the SMS hospital. They provided the necessary guidance for their treatment.
Radhe Banjara alias Bawla (12), Pukhraj Banjara (16), Vikram (16), and his brother Akhraj (13) died on the spot after lightning struck a tree under which they were taking shelter with their cattle in Kota’s Garda village, according to Station House Officer Mukesh Tyagi, adding that about 10 goats and a cow were also killed in the tragedy.
The injured children, Rahul, Vikram, Rakesh, and Man Singh, as well as a 40-year-old woman identified as Phulibai, are being treated at a hospital and their condition is said to be stable, according to the SHO.
In a similar incident, a 23-year-old shepherd named Tara Singh Bheel was killed on the spot after a bolt of lightning struck him in Jhalawar’s Lalgaon village, which is under the jurisdiction of the Sunel police station. According to police, two buffaloes were also killed in the incident.
Two girls were injured in Chachana village, which is under the jurisdiction of Sunel police station.
Three children, identified as Lavkush (15), Vipin (10) and Bholu (8), were killed after being struck by lightning in Dholpur district’s Kudinna village in the Badi area.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Governor Kalraj Mishra both expressed their condolences for the deaths in the tragedies.
“The loss of lives today as a result of lightning strikes in Kota, Dholpur, Jhalawar, Jaipur, and Baran is very sad and unfortunate,” Gehlot tweeted.
He stated that officials have been directed to provide immediate assistance to the victims’ families.
Mishra urged people to exercise caution during the rainy season.