KalingaTV News Network
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the next of kin of the 18 deceased persons who lost their lives in lightning strikes in different parts of the state yesterday.
As many as 18 persons were killed and many others were injured in lightning strikes in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Angul, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts on Sunday.
Most of the deceased were farmers who died on the spot when lightning struck while they were working on the field. This was the first lightning incident of the year.
The maximum number of five deaths were reported from Bhadrak district while four and three were killed in Balasore and Kendrapara districts respectively. In Mayurbhanj, two persons were killed due to the lightning.