In a heightened thunderstorm activity across the state, five farmers, including a couple, were killed due to lightning strikes on Friday.
A couple was struck dead by lightning while clearing weed at a field at Sompalli in Sedam taluk, Kalaburagi district, on Friday.
Deceased have been identified as Khaza Miyan (35) and his wife Parjana (28), residents of Kontanapalli. Four others - Sharadamma, Parvathamma, Yellappa and Anandappa - have sustained burns in the incident. They are undergoing treatment at the District Hospital. Condition of two is said to be critical.
Two women of a family were killed in a lightning strike at Kiratageri in Gadag taluk on Thursday evening. The incident occurred when the victims - Drakshayani Thotageri (35) and Vijayalakshmi Thotageri (28) - were taking shelter under a tamarind tree.
A 30-year-old farmer from Siddammanahalli in Kurugodu taluk of Ballari district died of a lightning strike on Friday evening.
The incident occurred when Shivakumar was working at his field. The Kuditini police have registered a case of unnatural death.