20 killed in lightning strikes amid unseasonal rains in India's Gujarat

Twenty people have been killed in lightning strikes in different parts of Gujarat, India, during widespread unseasonal rainfall in the state, an official said Monday, SİA informs via The Economic Times.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the deaths due to bad weather and lightning in various cities of Gujarat on Sunday and said the local administration was engaged in relief work.

As per an official of the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), a total of 20 rain-related deaths have been reported so far from different parts of Gujarat.

All the fatalities were attributed to lightning strikes during unseasonal rainfall which battered the state on Sunday.

As per the SEOC data, as many as 234 out of 252 talukas (a local unit of administrative division) of Gujarat received rainfall on Sunday, with Surat, Surendranagar, Kheda, Tapi, Bharuch and Amreli districts recording 50-117 mm rainfall in 16 hours, throwing normal life out of gear and causing crop damage.

The rains were being caused due to a cyclonic circulation lying over north east Arabian sea and adjoining Saurashtra and Kutch regions.

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