More than 50 people have been killed, 42 of them in different districts of Uttar Pradesh after lightning struck several states across the south Asian country.
More than 50 people have been killed in lightning strikes across several states in India, authorities said, including 11 people at a historic fort.
Hundreds of people are killed each year in intense storms at the start of the monsoon season, which bring respite from the summer heat across the northern Indian plains.
At least 42 people died Sunday in different districts of Uttar Pradesh, according to disaster-response authorities in India's most populous state.
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Deaths at Amer Fort
In Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state, bolts hit two watchtowers at the 12th-century Amer Fort, which were packed with visitors watching the storm cross the city.
"It was already raining when the people were there. They huddled in the towers as the rainfall intensified," Saurabh Tiwari, a senior Jaipur police officer, told AFP.
People had flocked to the fort, which gives a panoramic view across Jaipur, after several weeks of intense heat in the state.
Eleven people were killed and another 17 were injured, with three in critical condition, according to police.
Tiwari said up to 30 people were on the towers when the lightning struck.
"Some of the injured were left unconscious by the strikes. Others ran out in panic and extreme pain," Tiwari added.
Emergency teams were checking on Monday whether any victims had fallen into a deep moat on one side of the watchtowers.
Media reports said about 10 other people were killed by lightning strikes across Rajasthan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said special payments would be made to the families of people who lost their lives, as he offered condolences.
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