At least 32 people have been killed in Andhra Pradesh by lightning while working on farms during torrential rains on Sunday. The storm lashed eight districts across the southeastern Indian state, according to News Max.
Twenty-three people died in seven districts of Andhra Pradesh. Nine people were killed in the eastern state of Orissa.
Women cricket teams of Andhra Pradesh and Tripura had a narrow escape when lightning struck during a match at Perecharla in Guntur district. A palm tree outside the Andhra Cricket Association cricket ground caught fire.
Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains. Most of the people who died were working on farms in Andhra Pradesh during torrential rains on Sunday, reports said.
Parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana received heavy rains under the impact of the low pressure, leading to flooding of low-lying areas and inundated roads, affecting the movement of traffic. Hyderabad also experienced heavy rains.
The vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear as roads in several busy areas were inundated. People saved six people from a car which was caught in swirling waters in Champapet area in Hyderabad. Locals used a tractor to prevent the car from being washed away.
Some parked vehicles including cars were almost submerged in the rain water at few places in the city.
In Andhra Pradesh, the deaths occurred in Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, East Godavari, Anantapur and Srikakulam districts. At least six women were among those who died.
Reports said two teams of women cricketers had a narrow escape when lightning struck a palm tree near the ground where they were playing a match in Guntur district. The game was called off.
“It was a miraculous escape for our players as well as the staff,” a senior cricket official said.
In Orissa, nine people were killed and at least eight injured in separate incidents of lightning strikes.
India receives 80% of its annual rainfall during the monsoon season, which runs between June and September.