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Lightning strikes kill 11
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 1:37 AM IST
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At least 11 people have been killed and 15 others seriously injured after being struck by lightning in eastern India. The deaths occurred in two separate incidents on Tuesday in Burdwan district in West Bengal state, 75 miles north-west of the state capital, Calcutta. Local government official Rajesh Singh said nine people, including four children, were killed as they ate lunch inside a room during a thunderstorm, and two others died as they worked in their fields the same afternoon. He said the injured are being treated for burns at a local hospital.

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