At least five people died in lightning as a storm swept across lower and middle Assam this morning leaving a trail of destruction damaging houses, uprooting trees and injuring another five,
According to the reports available now, the reports of casualties came in from Sulakuchi and Singimari area near Guwahati where three-person died.
One Hemanta Das a railway employee died when he had gone to take a ritual bath in the River Brahmaputra when the lightning struck him. Another two Lokman and Somesh Ali of Singimari died the same way,.
In Barpeta district one Jahida Khatun of Kolgachia also died in lighting. The minor girl was playing in the forecourt when she died.
The series of incidents have left a pall of gloom in the Bihu day which way otherwise threw perfect weather for celebration.