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Unseasonal rains, lightning claims 17 lives in India's Karnataka state

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New Delhi, April 15, IRNA -- As many as 17 people died in lightning strikes and unseasonal summer rain-related incidents in Karnataka in the last four days, officials said on Friday.

While lightning claimed 14 lives in nine districts, house collapses triggered by heavy rains left three persons dead, pti reported quoting revenue officials as said in Bangalore, capital city of the state.

On Saturday alone, seven persons were killed in lightning in different places, they said.

Hassan district accounted for maximum of three deaths due to lightning strikes followed by Shimoga, Chamarajanagar and Haveri (two each) and Ramanagara, Bellary, Bagalkot, Dharwad and Gadag one each.

House collapses killed two persons in Ramanagara and one in Udupi, the officials said.

In Yembhatahalli in Bijapur district, about 35 houses were damaged in the heavy rains, but no casualties were reported, they said.

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