Chhattisgarh's lightning strike leaves four children dead

RAIPUR: Four children below 10 years of age reportedly died when lightning struck them while they were taking a bath at Bensunga dam on Tuesday. The dam is located at Narayanpur in Jashpur district, about 350 km east of Raipur.

According to the official statement, the incident took place in Pahad Toli village under Narayanpur police station limits of the district, located around 400 km away from capital Raipur, on Monday. While bodies of Rajkumari (3) and Anuj (5), were found in a field on the banks of a dam in the outskirts of the village, late on Monday evening, Akash (7) and Sundari (4) were fished out from the dam on Tuesday morning. the official added.

Prima facie, it seems like the children were playing on the banks of the dam and after lightning struck them two died on the spot, while the others fell into the water, the official note added.   The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and a case has been registered in this connection, the official added.

A pall of gloom descended on Korvadera village at Narayanpur in the Pathalgaon block of the district. The climate experts stated that early warnings and information can save lives from lightning strikes in future.

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