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Within 24 hours, lightning killed 38 people in India

At least 38 people were killed in India by lightning during a 24-hour period on Sunday as storms pounded the country.

According to officials, eighteen of those deaths, including numerous farmers, occurred in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.

Eleven people — some of whom were taking selfies — were killed when lightning struck a watchtower at Amber Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Members of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) conduct a search operation following a lightning strike at a watch tower near Amer Fort in Jaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan, India, July 12, 2021.
Members of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) conduct a search operation following a lightning strike at a watch tower near Amer Fort in Jaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan, India, July 12, 2021.

 “As it began to rain, visitors sought shelter in a nearby watchtower,” a police officer named Jairam told Reuters. “Lightning struck the watchtower, instantly killing 11 people and injuring several others.”

Each of the 11 victims was reportedly a tourist.

According to authorities, at least nine additional people died in unrelated incidents in Rajasthan.

Officials confirmed the death toll across the 24-hour period on Monday morning.

In India, which is currently in the midst of monsoon season, more inclement weather is expected over the next two days.

According to Weather.com, the state of Himachal Pradesh also received heavy rain Sunday, with rainfall flooding streets, causing damage to homes and moving cars.

“The situation in Himachal Pradesh is being closely monitored as a result of the heavy rains. Authorities are coordinating their efforts with the state government,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Monday. “All available assistance is being extended. I pray for the safety of those who are residing in the affected areas.”

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