During a downpour in India, a lightning bolt kills 11 individuals who were taking photos on top of a watchtower.

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During a downpour in India, a lightning bolt kills 11 individuals who were taking photos on top of a watchtower.

On Sunday, eleven people died after being struck by lightning in the northern Indian city of Jaipur.

The victims were allegedly snapping pictures at the top of a watch tower at Amer Fort, which dates from the 12th century. When the lightning struck, it is thought that as many as 27 individuals were on the tower. A lot of people were hurt as they panicked and leaped off the tower.

On Sunday, the state of Rajasthan was hit by a series of thunderstorms, with nine persons apparently killed by lightning strikes.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, offered his heartfelt sympathies to the victims’ families.

“Lightning has claimed the lives of many people in several districts of Rajasthan,” he said.

“Deeply saddened by people’s deaths.

“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families: PM @narendramodi.”

The state’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, promised relatives of the deceased financial aid of up to 500,000 rupees (£4,800).

The monsoon season in India is presently underway, and it usually lasts from June through September.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, heavy rains are anticipated to return on Monday (IMD).

According to IMD data, lightning-related deaths have increased since the 1960s.

Extreme weather is common in the country, with at least 2000 people killed in various occurrences in 2020.

Last year, Cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc and claimed many lives.

In May 2020, a hurricane decimated the Sunderbans in West Bengal’s southern border and hinterland, including Kolkata, resulting in “the world’s largest relocation” caused by a natural calamity.

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