Lightning kills 5 in MP

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Datia, MP, July 2 (UNI) Five people, including an adolescent boy, were fatally struck by lightning at this district's Erai village today.

''The deceased were identified as village-resident Harimohan (15), Ashok (20), Preetpal Singh (30), Prabhuram and Santosh (both 35) who sheltered under a tree after encountering a downpour while returning from grazing animals,'' said District Collector P G Gillaure.

Ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each was being sanctioned and Rs 3,000 each were doled out immediately.

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