Lightning Strike Kills 18 People at Indian Tourist Attraction

A lightning strike reportedly killed 18 people in India Sunday after a famous watchtower was struck as tourists and citizens took selfies.

Reports say there were 27 people at the top of Amer Fort in Jaipur, India when the lightning strike occurred. Law enforcement officials say some individuals leaped from the tower as the bolt came down.

“Many people died in front of our eyes. If people had gotten help and authorities had reached on time then [they would have been alive],” an eyewitness said. “We brought many people down. We rescued the people who were still alive, those who were still breathing and pulled some people out of the gorge.”

Dozens more were killed by separate lightning strikes that occurred across northern India. Nine more people were killed in Rajasthan, seven others in Madhya Pradesh, and at least another 41 in Uttar Pradesh. State governments have announced financial compensation for the families of the victims and those who were injured.

In India, lightning strikes are known to kill at least 2,000 citizens annually. However, lightning strikes have increased from 30% to 40% within the last 30 years.

Source: NY Post

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