TAMIL NADU

Lightning kills five near Madurai

MADURAI SEPT. 21. Five persons, including three women, were killed on the spot when lightning struck them at A. Parapatti near Peraiyur in Madurai district today.

According to police sources, a group of farm labourers were returning from work when the tragedy occurred.

A. Poochi (45), his wife P. Indira (35), A. Arjunan (40), P. Mari Manavalan (25) and T. Chithirai (30) of A. Parapatti died on the spot. T. Muthumari (30), wife of the local panchayat president, Thangamudi, was rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital in a critical condition.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the police said the lightning struck Poochi who collapsed instantly.

Others who rushed to his rescue also sustained serious burns and died later.

The bodies were shifted to the T. Kallupatti Government Hospital.

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