Rourkela: At least five people including
four boys were killed and 12 others injured due to lightning
and tree falling as heavy rains and storm hit some parts of
western Orissa this evening, police said.
Four school boys, aged between five and 11 years, of
Mahipani village, 30 km from here in Sundargarh district, were
killed as lightning struck when they had taken shelter under a
tree to escape heavy storm and rains, the sources said.
The victims were identified as Soma Oram (eight) and
his younger brother Bikash Oram (six), Suraj Oram (eight) and
Mohammed Rehman (five).
Another person Nandakumar Mallick died when a branch of
tree fell on him at Samasingha village in Jharsuguda district
during the rain and storm, they said.
At least 12 others were injured in Kolabira, Sodamala,
Samasingha, Satapakharasale in Jharsuguda district following
heavy winds which blew at approximately 60 to 70 kmph speed.
The steel city of Rourkela plunged into darkness since the
evening as uprooted trees snapped electric wires and blocked
roads at several places disrupting traffic.
Train service was hit between Rourkela and Bisra for an
hour as trains were stopped at Bisra and Rourkela. The service
was restored after the storm.