Lightning strikes killed nearly 120 people as powerful thunderstorms lashed northern India in monsoon rains.
The state of Bihar was the worst hit, with 95 people killed, according to Avinash Kumar, a senior disaster management official in the state.
Lightning kills more than 2,000 people a year in India, but this single-day toll was the deadliest in recent memory. Many of the victims had gone to feed livestock or plant crops.
One witness said they were heading home from the fields at lunchtime under a heavy rain. When lightning ripped across the sky and they heard crashing thunder when they saw a “ball of fire” fall on another villager walking with them killing him.
Last year, 1,333 people died in lightning strikes during just four months, with most of those killed in rural areas, and were sheltering under trees when lightning hit.
Weather authorities issued a fresh alert for these more powerful thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and lightning across a large swath of Bihar.
Authorities said the situation would likely persist for several days and urged people to heed weather warnings and remain indoors.
A thunderstorm can produce hundreds and even thousands of lightning strikes, some of which remain in the clouds while others hit the ground.
Biblical prophecy foretells how in the future that there will come prophetic super-storms (Revelation 8, 11, 16) with noises, thundering, lightning, earthquakes, and hail.
These events and conditions happening now are warning signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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