Thunder has become significantly more common in India in recent decades. One of the reasons is suspected to be climate change.
At least 11 people were killed and several were injured in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, when lightning struck a watchtower at Fort Amer Fort during a thunderstorm on Sunday night, says British Broadcasting Corporation BBC.
People were taking selfies and admiring the storm at the top of the watchtower of a popular tourist destination. However, lightning struck two towers of the fort. The towers had a total of almost 30 people.
“People went to the towers to color when it started to rain harder,” a Jaipur police spokesman Saurabh Tiwari told news agency AFP.
Comments were made from the area police station Indian Expressthat most of the dead were young. In addition to the deaths, 17 people were injured.
According to local media, there were deaths elsewhere in Rajasthan due to lightning strikes.
State over have been swept away by thunderstorms and monsoon rains.
A total of more than 50 people died in lightning strikes in India on Sunday, AFP says. The Washington Post there are at least 38 deaths across the country.
In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, among others, 18 people were killed in lightning strikes by government authority Manoj Dixitin by. Most of the dead were farm workers.
The Indian Meteorological Institute has warned the thunder will continue for the next two days.
Lightning strikes are common during the Indian monsoon season, i.e. between June and September.
In 2019 alone, nearly 3,000 people died in lightning strikes in the country.
According to the BBC, the number of people killed in lightning strikes has doubled since the 1960s. The reason is thought to be climate change.
According to statistics, lightning strikes have increased by 30-40% since the 1990s.