Lightning strikes kill 22 in Andhra Padesh, India
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
22 people have been killed in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and a women's cricket match has been interrupted due to during on Sunday. Most of the casualties were farmers, who worked in their fields despite the thunderstorms.
Officials blamed a low pressure system over the Bay of Bengal for causing the heavy thunderstorms, which affected eight districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Lightning during the storm killed a woman and her daughter-in-law while they were working on their farm, according to newspaper. At another farm, a man was killed while drilling a well during the storms.
Lightning interrupted a women's cricket team match by striking a nearby tree. The match was stopped mid-game, and both players and spectators fled the scene. The escape was "miraculous", according to a cricket official in the area where the match occurred.
Even though the storms occurred during the, when lightning strikes occur more frequently due to an increased amount of precipitation, the number of lightning-related casualties from Sunday's storms was considered by local authorities to be unexpectedly high.
- AP. "Lightning kills 22 people, mostly farm laborers, in southeast India's Andhra Pradesh state" — , September 7, 2015
- "Lightning Kills 22 As Monsoon Storms Lash India" — , September 7, 2015