Two brothers killed in lightning at Seraikela

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Seraikela, July 30 : Tragedy struck as two brothers were killed as lightning struck a thatched house they were standing at a village under Seraikela police station area in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on morning.

The victims were identified as JituLohar (18) and RamuLohar (26), sons of PrafullaLohar, a resident of Narayanpur village. A third brother, SonuLohar (22) who was also in the same place escaped unhurt as at the time of the lightning he was lying on a cot.

OC, Seraiekala police station, Ran Vijay Singh confirmed about the two lightning death at Narayanpur village in Seraikela this morning.
“As per our information the lightning struck at a tree and as a thatched house was near the tree, the inmates who were inside were affected. We have recovered the bodies and sent it to Seraikela referral hospital for getting post-mortem,” said Singh.

PrafullaLohar and wife Sabitri had gone away to a relative’s house for attending some function. As the news spread, Hari Shankar Bari, block development officer (BDO), Gamharia who visited the spot said the bodies were recovered after they paid Rs 20,000 to the parents of the lightning victims.

“It is really a big tragedy. The incident took place as both the brother were standing at the thatched house. As the lightning struck, both the brothers collapsed,” said Bari.

He said that the administration has decided to provide PrafullaLohar and his family a house under PradhanMantriGrihaNirmanYojana and would also recommend for granting of Rs 4 lakh for each of the lightning victims under the state disaster management programme.

“We are in state of shock as everything happened all of sudden.The lightning struck while my brothers were waiting for the rain to stop. They were also supposed to visit to my uncle’s house in Seraiekal where my parents had gone,” said Sonu.

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