Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deepest condolences over the deaths occurred, tweeted
“Many people have lost their lives due to lightning in some areas of Rajasthan. Deeply saddened by the demise of people. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased.
Source: Hindustan Times.
During a lightning strike, around eleven people were killed, and over a dozen others were injured. State disaster response force teams swung into action and rushed the injured to the hospital.
News agency AP quoted senior police officer Anand Srivastava said that when the lightning struck some victims were taking selfies near the watchtower. Elsewhere, four children died in Kota and three in Dholpur district of the state due to a lightning strike.
Four children were killed in a lightning strike in Garda village in Kanwas area, as they had taken their goats for grazing in the forest and took shelter from rainfall under the tree which was later struck by lightning.
Deaths due to lightning strike were also reported from Jhalawar, Baran, Tonk and Jaipur. The deceased have been identified as Tara Chand Bheel [Jhalawar]; Deepak [Baran]; Basram Gujjar [Tonk]; and a minor boy in Bagriya village, Jaipur.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed his grief and announced an ex gratia of ₹5 lakhs to the families of the deceased.