Lightning strikes leave over 90 dead in India

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INDIA- Over 90 people have been killed by lightning strikes in just over 24 hours in three different states across India.

Most of the victims were working on farms during Tuesday’s torrential downpour.

“Many of the victims are children and women,” Anirudh Kumar, a senior official at Bihar’s disaster management agency, told AFP news agency.

And while lightning strikes are extremely common during monsoon season, they have been unusually frequent this year.

At least 2,000 people have died in lightning strikes in India every year since 2005, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

That is in comparison to an average of 33 annual deaths in the United States.