On top of a hill to study online, 3 Odisha students struck by lightning : Newsdrum

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Phulbani, Odisha, Oct 6 (PTI) Three teenagers were struck by lightning as they were huddled together on a hill near their village in Kandhamal district for an online group study, police said on Thursday.

Students had gathered at the top of the hill to study due to poor internet connectivity in Mundagam village, 185 km from the state capital, Bhubaneswar, on Wednesday afternoon.

When the students failed to return home in the evening, their parents went looking for them and found the three lying unconscious on the top of a hill, police said.

They were rushed to nearby Brahmanpada Public Health Center.

Subdivision Police Officer G Udayagiri Tirupati Rao Patnaik said the condition of one student was critical while two others were stable.

All three were transferred to the district headquarters hospital in Phulbani, Patnaik said.

The students have been identified as Dhiren Digal (17), Pinku Mallick (17) and Panchanan Behera (18).

Kandhamal District Chief Medical Officer Dr Monoj Upadhay said their condition was now stable.

“Students usually go to the top of Digi Hill where they can easily access mobile internet,” said a villager. PTI COR YAM MM MM


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