At least 147 people have been killed by lightning over the past 10 days in India, officials said on Sunday, attributing the recent harsh weather to climate change.


In total, around 215 people have died from strikes in Bihar, India’s poorest state, the officials said.


Rai confirmed that of those killed by lightning, 25 people died on Saturday.


The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of more lightning in the next 48 hours.


According to AFP, lightning strikes during the annual monsoon that runs from June to September are fairly common in India.


But officials said this year’s toll in Bihar has already surpassed the total number of deaths recorded annually for the state over the past few years, even though the monsoon season has just started.


Last year, 170 people were killed in lightning strikes during the monsoon period.


In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, just over 200 people have been struck and killed by lightning since April, according to officials.


The monsoon is crucial to replenishing water supplies in South Asia, but also causes widespread death and destruction across the region each year.