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11 killed in lightning strikes in Odisha

Lightning strikes over Lake Maracaibo in the village of Ologa, where the Catatumbo River feeds into the lake, in the western state of Zulia October 23, 2014. This year the Catatumbo Lightning was approved for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Guinness World Records, dethroning the Congolese town of Kifuka as the place with the world's most lightning bolts per square kilometer each year at 250. Scientists think the Catatumbo, named for a river that runs into the lake, is normal lightning that just happens to occur far more than anywhere else, due to local topography and wind patterns. Picture taken with long exposure October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 10 OF 20 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'VENEZUELA'S ETERNAL STORM' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'CATATUMBO LIGHTNING'

Bhubaneswar: Lightning strikes in Odisha’s Bhadrak, Balasore and Kendrapara districts today claimed the lives of 11 people, and left around eight injured.

While five died in Bhadrak, three each were killed in Balasore and in Kendrapara districts, officials said.

In Bhadrak, three people were killed when they were struck by lightning while working in their paddy fields in Chandbali block, district emergency officer (DEO) Rajendra Panda said. Two were killed at Orali village under Tihidi block and Rambhila village under Bhadrak block.

Three others who sustained burns due to lightning strike were admitted to Basudevpur Hospital.

In Balasore district, two died at at Srijang and Kuligaon villages when they too were working in a paddy field.

Another man died when lightning hit him while he was standing under a tree, officials said.

Five people, who were injured in lightning incidents in Balasore, are undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital, they said.

In Kendrapara district, two farm labourers were killed in lightning in Mahakalapada area and one death was reported from Bantala village under Patakura block, officials said.

—PTI