Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued a thunderstorm and lightning warning for 18 districts in Odisha.
In the wake of 280 deaths due to lightning in the state, the IMD alerted people of these districts to stay indoors and take shelter in buildings and other safe locations as a precautionary measure.
Earlier on Sunday, IMD issued the warning for Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam and Rayagada.
Meanwhile, 1.5 lakh lightning awareness posters were distributed for generating awareness on lightning in the state, said an official in Special Relief Commissioner’s office.
Notably, total 280 people, including 27 children, have lost their lives in Odisha after being struck by lightning since April this year, said the SRC office.