Lightning in Bihar, India, has killed 56 people


Fifty-six people have been killed by lightning in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.

A top official in Bihar said 24 other people were injured when thunderstorms and monsoon rains lashed at least 14 districts of the state.

The victims were mostly farm labourers who were working in fields.

Disaster management official Vyasji said on Wednesday that scores of cattle also died after being struck by lightning.

The dead included at least eight shepherds out grazing their sheep, said Vyasji, who uses only one name.

Lightning strikes are common during India's monsoon season, which runs from June to September. However, the toll in Bihar was unusually high.