India – struck by lightning while taking a selfie – eleven dead


New Delhi – In northern India, at least 11 people were struck by lightning and died on Sunday while posing for selfies in the thunderstorm.

According to the police, 58 other people also lost their lives in a lightning strike.

There had been a violent storm with heavy rain in the state of Rajasthan. Even so, many people stayed on a watchtower at Amber Fort, a police spokesman said. They took photos – and paid with their lives. Several other visitors to the fortress jumped down from the building during the thunderstorm.



Amber Fort was built in the 12th century and is eleven kilometers outside of JaipurPhoto: Vishal Bhatnagar / AP


Helpers on the roof of the fortress the day after the storm

Helpers on the roof of the fortress the day after the stormPhoto: Vishal Bhatnagar / AP

There were particularly many storm victims in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The 42 people were mostly people from farming families or homeless people who were outside during the storm. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised compensation to the families of the dead and injured.

In India, violent storms with lightning strikes are common during the monsoon season from June to September. According to the weather forecast, there will be more storms in the coming days.


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