Maharashtra: 2 killed, six injured in lightning strikes in Palghar | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: Two tribal farmers were killed and six others sustained burns in two separate incidents of lightning strikes in Kasa and Wada towns of Palghar district on Sunday.
In the first case, Nitesh Tumbda (22) was among a group of men standing near a temple in Tava village of Kasa at around 3.30pm when lightning struck him. Tumbda died on the spot of severe burns. Another farmer Anil Bhinda (19), who was standing close to Tumbda, was also struck by the lightning. He collapsed on the floor with serious injuries. He was immediately moved to the Vedanta hospital in Dahanu, said tehsildar Rahul Sarang.
In the other case, one Sagar Diwa(17), a tribal farmer from Ambiste village in Wada, was chatting with his friends at around 4pm when the lightning struck. While Sagar died on the spot, his friends Ravindra Pawar, Sunny Pawar, both 18, Nitesh Diwa (19), Sandip Diwa (25) and Ananta Wagh (24) sustained burn injuries. They are being treated at the Khanivli primary health centre.
The bodies of the victims have been taken for autopsy. The state will compensate both the victims’ families with Rs 4 lakh each. The medical expenses of the injured tribals will also be borne by the government, said Palghar district officers.
Lighting, thunderstorm and light showers were witnessed in rural areas of Palghar district on Sunday.

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