PATNA: In ongoing spell of heavy rains in India, at least 26 people have been killed in lightning striking incidents in different areas of Bihar state.

The lightning killed five people in Rohtas district, four in Patna while others lost their lives in different districts of the states.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs400,000 each to the aggrieved families. Such incidents are common during monsoon rains in India.

According to a department responsible to maintain record of accidental deaths, around two thousand people lose their lives every year in such happening since 2005.

A surge has also been recorded in deaths by lightning in neighbouring country Bangladesh.

Scientists are of the view that incidents of lightning can increase in future due to growing earth warming globally.