Baripada: A pall of gloom descended on Chhachina village under Betanati block in Mayurbhanj district after two persons were killed due to lightning strike today.
The deceased have been identified as Kuanar Soren, Basen Majhi.
The incident took place when a group of villagers including Soren and Majhi was cremating a dead body at village cremation ground. A heavy lightning under the influence of nor’wester struck them and they died on the spot. Some others were also reportedly injured.
Family members rushed them to Betanati CHC where doctors declared both Soren and Majhi brought dead.
Earlier in the day, the regional Met department issued thunderstorm and lightning alerts for Mayurbhanj and other four districts including Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur till 7:15 PM.