Three killed in lightning strike in Paradip

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 14:10 hrs

Bhubaneswar, Dec 12 (IANS) At least three people, including a couple, were killed and five others injured in lightning strikes in Odisha's port town of Paradip as thunderstorms swept across the region Wednesday, an official said.

The dead were all labourers on daily wages.

Strong winds hit Paradip town in coastal Jagatsinghpur district, about 100 km from here, in the afternoon. The storm continued for about an hour, additional district magistrate Surjit Das said.

The storm uprooted more than a hundred trees, snapped electricity lines and damaged dozens of houses in a slum in the town, Das said.

Civic agencies have set about clearing the roads of uprooted trees and debris.

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