Dhenkanal: At least five members of a family including three minors became critical after being hit by lightning at Baghamunda village of Parajanga Kuturia panchayat in Dhenkanal district.
The victims have been identified as Chiru Kerei (45), Surati Kerei (30), Gauranga Kerei (15), Tarun Kerei (8) and Lakshman Kerei (8).
According to sources, the incident occurred last evening when thunderstorm along with lightning started. Meanwhile, the lightning struck the house and triggered a fire.
On being informed, fire tenders rushed to the spot and rescued the victims. The victims were admitted to Kamakhyanagar Hospital where their health condition has been stated to be critical.