STATE TIMES NEWSNew Delhi: At least six people were killed after being struck by lightning in Odisha while more than 53,000 people were evacuated from 175 villages in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region where flooding occurred following heavy rains and release of water from dams, officials said on Tuesday.As many as 644 villages in 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh are still affected by flood while over 9,000 people were shifted to safer places in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Narmada and Vadodara districts with the Narmada river swelling due to heavy inflow from upstream dams.The weather in Delhi was dry and sunny as the maximum temperature settled at 34.7 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season. The maximum humidity settled at 89 per cent.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), light rain is expected in the national capital on Wednesday.In Odisha, those who died due to lightning strike included a 12-year-old girl. The minor was playing in front of her house at Pandua village in Keonjhar district when lightning struck her, police said.A 55-year-old farmer was killed after being hit by lightning in nearby Sapuasahi village while two other farmers died after being struck by lightning when they were working in the paddy field at Inchol and Baharipur village.In Balasore district, a 28-year-old man was killed and two others were injured at Gobaghata village. They were working in the paddy field when lightning struck them, police said.A 59-year-old woman was killed in Kaubani village when she was walking on the road, they said.In Maharashtra, more than 53,000 people have been evacuated from 175 villages of Nagpur, Bhandara, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in Vidarbha region where flooding occurred following heavy rains and release of water from dams.Over 92,000 people have been affected by the flooding and heavy showers in these four districts in the last few days, a report released by the Nagpur divisional commissionerate said.
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