Lightning killed 11 tourists as they took selfies

They were all taking pictures on the watchtower, a 12th-century tourist attraction at Amber Palace.

According to police, dozens of tourists were taking selfies at the watchtower of the Amber fortress palace in India’s Rajasthan shaht when suddenly 11 people were struck by lightning and instantly killed over the weekend. Another eight tourists were injured. Some people panicked and jumped off the watchtower. A total of 27 people were on the tower at the time of the tragedy. The search for survivors continues at this time.

Deaths from lightning strikes have been reported in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Torrential rains with lightning struck there on Sunday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced compensation of 200,000 rupees for the families of those killed by lightning and 50,000 rupees for those injured.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, which is responsible for weather forecasting and meteorological observations, at least 2,000 people have died each year since 2004 from lightning strikes. This is almost double the number recorded from the late 1960s to 2004.