Kathmandu - Six people including three children were killed by
lightning strikes in southern Nepal this week as monsoon rains hit
the country, police said Wednesday.
The three children - two 11-year-olds and a 12-year-old - were killed
by lightning strikes late Tuesday while climbing a black plum tree to
collect fruits in a village in Dang district, said Pabitra Chand, a
local police officer.
Three men - aged 65, 60 and 25 - were killed on Tuesday while working
on their farms in Rupandehi district, according to Dharma Raj
Bhandari, the head of the district police.
Lightning strikes in the country are common during the monsoon
season, which runs between June and September.
They are Nepal's third-biggest killer after landslides and floods
triggered by monsoon rains. Every year, more than 100 people are
killed by lightning strikes in the country.