INDIA: Nearly 80 people have been struck by lightning in several Indian states, including several taking selfies near an ancient fort in Rajasthan. Hundreds of people die each year in India in the storms and torrential rains that accompany the onset of the monsoon.
Among the 76 victims, at least 23 died in the state of Rajasthan (northwest), including a dozen who watched the spectacle of the storm over the city of Jaipur on Sunday from watchtowers near the famous Amber Fort – which dates from the 12th century.
It started to rain when people were already standing in the fort. They took refuge in the towers as the rain intensified. As many as 30 people were in the towers when lightning struck.
Authorities told local media some of the victims were taking selfies during the storm. Rescue teams were checking to see if any victims had fallen into a deep ditch on one side of the towers.