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Lightning strikes in Udupi, two seriously injured and admitted to hospital

As heavy rains and thunderstorms strike Karnataka's coastal belt, two persons were injured. Both the victims were said to be walking and fell on the ground after lightning struck them. Treating doctors at a private hospital said that the condition of both the victims remains a concern as they are very critical.

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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 20, 2021, 6:44 PM IST

After the lightning strike incidents in which many people recently died in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan last month, now a similar incident was reported from Karnataka's coastal belt Udupi.

As per reports, two persons while walking were struck by lightning this morning and have been admitted at Manipal Hospital and their condition is said to be very serious.

For the last few months, many parts of the country and also Karnataka's coastal and ghat regions have received heavy rains and witnessed flash floods. Maharashtra was one of the severely affected state as over 100 died and many went missing.

Karnataka has also witnessed devastation as 9 people died and three persons went missing due to heavy rains.

The government recently announced that 83 taluks are declared as flood-hit areas and to prevent damage to life, a lightning alert system and cyclonic alert system will be installed.

Also read: Madhya Pradesh: Blitz of lightning strike kills 5, injures 18 in Panna district

Under the cyclonic alert system, the government will soon place the system at 40 to 60 places. Through sirens, the public will be alert about cyclonic storms approaching their villages in advance.

Meanwhile, the bullin from IMD has predicted rain and thunderstorm in Karnataka's coastal areas till Sunday.

The South West Monsoon will end in September and a few more good spells of rain are expected in Karnataka, Western Ghat region and also in the Central part of India. In Karnataka particularly, the southern districts Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kolar, Tumakuru and Chikkaballapur may also witness rains during November as the North East Monsoon will set in.

The good spells, however, bring Bengaluru to standstill as waterlogging in several areas are reported. With a lot of development work in progress, traveling becomes extremely challenging during rains.

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