At least 93 people have been struck by lightning and killed in India over the past two days, disaster management officials said Wednesday, as annual monsoon rains swept the country. Lightning strikes are relatively common in India during the June-October monsoon, which hit the southern coast earlier this month, but this week’s toll is particularly high.

Most deaths occurred in the eastern state of Bihar, where an overnight storm killed at least 56 people and injured another 28, mainly in rural areas. “The death toll has climbed to 56 and 28 are injured. Many of the victims are children and women,” Anirudh Kumar, a senior official at Bihar’s disaster management agency, told AFP. READ MORE