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Lightning kills more than 100 in northern India

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More than 100 people in northern India have been killed by dozens of lightning strikes across two states in recent days, officials say. The disaster management team in Bihar state said 83 were killed there, while another 20 were in hospital with injuries. At least 20 more people are reported dead in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains. Meanwhile the rain and thunderstorms have caused widespread damage to trees and property. More than 2,300 people were killed by lightning in India in 2018, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, and at least 2,000 people have died in lightning strikes every year since 2005. One of the reasons cited for the high number of deaths is the large number of people working outdoors in India compared to other parts of the world, which makes them more vulnerable//BBC

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