New Delhi Delhi | More than 50 people were killed by lightning in several Indian states, 11 of them in the former fort in Rajasthan, officials said on Monday.
Hundreds of people die every year in India due to the storms and torrential rains that accompany the onset of monsoons.
A total of 42 people have been killed in various districts in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, officials say.
In addition, in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, two towers of the 12th century Amber Fort were struck by lightning – where tourists saw the storm scene.
“It started raining when people were already in the fort,” Jaipur police official Saurabh Tiwari told AFP. “As the rain intensified they took refuge in the towers.”
Eleven people were killed and 17 were injured, three of them in critical condition, police said.
“Some of the injured were unconscious and others fled,” Tiwari said.
The great monsoons from June to September are very important for life and agriculture in the Indian subcontinent, but each year causes significant damage and causes hundreds of deaths in this region of the world, which is one-fifth of humanity.