"Lightning strikes are common during monsoons, but there have been more strikes than usual this year," said Vyas Ji, principal secretary in Bihar, where a record 57 people died Tuesday from the strikes -- the most of any state in the country.
In 2014, 2,582 people died in lightning strikes, according to the government, making lightning the leading killer among all natural disasters in India.
Here's a breakdown of deaths reported in other states Tuesday:
The seasonal monsoon rains have been highly anticipated in India, which has been mired in drought for two years. The country's agricultural sector heavily depends on the rains.
Twelve school children and the driver of the bus they were travelling in were killed and about two dozen other children injured when their vehicle collided with a sand-laden truck amid dense fog in Etah district’s Aliganj on Thursday morning.
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