Bonai: Two persons were critically including a five-year-old girl after lightning struck them at two different places in Sundergarh district today evening.
In the first incident, the minor girl identified as Snighdha Patra of Babuna Nuagaon in Bonai police limits was playing outside her house when lightning struck her.
She was initially rushed to Bonai hospital and later to Rourkela Government Hospital after her condition worsened.
On the other hand, one identified as Guruchanran Sahu of Kudeidiha village under Gurundia police limits also sustained injuries after being struck with lightning near his house.
He is presently undergoing treatment at Bonai hospital, said a source.
It worth mentioning here that a 57-year-old man identified as Prahalad Mahakud of Taramura village in the district had died after lightning struck him at Basudihi village under Tikayatpalli police limits last night.
Sources said the deceased had gone to his in-laws house at the village in the evening when heavy rain accompanied with bolts lashed the area and Mahakud was struck by the thunderbolt.
Police seized the body at around 9pm. The body was handed over to his bereaved family today after for post-mortem, police said.