Lightning strikes killed at least 33 people in a 36-hour period in India's eastern state of Odisha, AccuWeather and The Times of India report. The victims are the latest casualties of this year's devastating monsoon season, which has left nearly 700 people dead across the country due to flooding, landslides, and thunderstorms.
"There is an urgent need to make people aware of how to deal with the natural calamities like lightning and remain safe," said special relief commissioner B.P. Sethi.
Most of those killed in Odisha were poor farm workers and kendu leaf pluckers. On average, 325 people die of lightning strikes in Odisha every year.