33 villagers killed in lightning storm in northern India

Lightning strikes over residential apartments during a thunderstorm on the outskirts of the Indian capital New Delhi. (File/AFP)
Updated 22 July 2019

33 villagers killed in lightning storm in northern India

  • Heavy rains and lightning lashed the region when farmers were working in the field
  • Families of those killed would receive compensation of 400,000 rupees (about $6,000)

LUCKNOW, India: Officials say dozens of people have died in a thunderstorm that struck the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
State disaster relief official Sandhya says that lightning Sunday killed 33 people and injured 13 more. The official who only goes by one name said that 20 houses collapsed in the storm.
Heavy rains and lightning lashed the region when farmers were working in the field.
India Meterological Department official J.P. Gupta says that a low pressure area developed forming a squall line.
Police officer Pradyuman Singh says that seven people were killed in one village while working in a paddy field, including a woman and a child.
Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister Yogi Adityanath says families of those killed would receive compensation of 400,000 rupees (about $6,000).


Sweden arrests 2 more suspects in Denmark tax office blast

Updated 15 min 41 sec ago

Sweden arrests 2 more suspects in Denmark tax office blast

  • One of the suspects is being sought on an international arrest warrant
  • Authorities said they are confident they will catch the perpetrators

COPENHAGEN: Police in Denmark say their Swedish colleagues have arrested two more people in connection with an early morning explosion that damaged the headquarters of the Danish Tax Agency, slightly injuring a bystander.
The Copenhagen police say the arrest of the two men, aged 22 and 27, bring to three the number of people in custody. A fourth suspect is being sought on an international arrest warrant.
Investigator Brian Belling said in a statement Thursday that police are continuing their investigation, adding, “we are confident that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
Police did not immediately link the Aug. 6 tax agency blast to another one, four days later, at a nearby police station, though they said industrial explosives were used in both. No one was injured in the police station explosion.