As many as 40 people were killed while 35 others were left injured due to lightning strikes in Odisha, police said on 30 July.
According to media reports, eight deaths were reported from Bhadrak district, followed by seven casualties in Balasore district and five in Khurda.
Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra said they had received reports of several deaths due to lightning.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolences and directed the Special Relief Commissioner to provide ex-gratia as per the State relief code.
Lightning claims over 300 lives in Odisha every year. While 396 people were killed in 2015-16, 308 casualties were reported in 2014-15, followed by 372 in 2013-14, 294 in 2012-13 and 359 in 2011-12.