Dozens killed by lightning strikes in India , outside Jaipur, at a touristic attraction


Every year, tens of thousands of tourists visit the Amer Fort, a medieval complex on a hilltop outside Jaipur also known as the Amber Fort, in India. This place gives a panoramic view of the tourist city of Jaipur. However, after several weeks of intense heat in the state, the area becomea extremely dangerous. Recently,76 people were killed by deadly lightning strikes which are common in the vast Asian nation during the June-September deluge. 38 people died in 24 hours across two Indian states. At least 23 people died in the mostly desert state of Rajasthan, including a dozen who were watching the storm cross Jaipur city from watch towers near the famous 12th-century Amer Fort late Sunday. Officials told local media some of those killed were taking selfies during the storm. Most of them were young people.


“When the lightning struck, the tower’s wall collapsed, many people were buried under it. Since the fort is on a hill, when the debris was falling and space reduced, some people also fell into a ditch,” Shankar Lal Saini, a senior disaster management official in Jaipur told media. Data shows that lightning strikes have increased 30% to 40% in approximately 30 years, a trend which some believe has been nurtured by climate change. Chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, with support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have plans to provide compensation for families who have lost loved ones.