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14 killed by lightning in India

July 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

BHAGALPUR, India, July 12 (UPI) -- Lightning storms struck eastern India, killing at least 14 people and injuring five others, officials said.

The deaths came Wednesday in the villages of Bhagalpur, Jamui, Munger, Katihar, Patna and Purnia, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.

"Most of them were killed by bolts of lightning," said an official from the state disaster management department.

The lightning came with torrential rain and strong winds that uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across Bihar state Wednesday and Thursday morning.

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