Kendrapada: A person was killed and 12 others sustained injuries, including one of them critically, in lightning that came with an unseasonable thunder squall in Rajnagar block of Kendrapada district on Saturday.
The deceased has been identified as Jaladhar Rout of Tarapada village. About 180 thatched and tin houses were damaged, many trees uprooted, over 100 paddy heaps and hundreds of acres of paddy crops in this area were damaged due to heavy rain and wind.
Wind at an average speed of nearly 100 km per hour swept through Endulapur, Dera, Kaitha, Gokhani and Tarapada villages under Brahmanisahi gram panchayat, said source.
District Collector Pradipta Kumar Patnaik said Rs 1 lakh ex-gratia has been sanctioned to the kin of the deceased. Local Tehsildar Bhabataran Sahoo rushed to the spot and made an assessment of the situation.