The monsoon rain claimed three lives in Karur and Perambalur districts on Wednesday. All of them were killed by lightning strikes.

While one incident was reported at Padalur in Perambalur district, another was at Lalapet in Karur district. Sources said lightning hit when S. Chidambaram (50) and his mother Chinnammal (70) were harvesting onion at a field in Padalur when they were struck by lightning.

Passersby shifted them to the nearby Primary Health Centre where both of them were declared brought dead. The victim, who was killed by lightning in Lalapet, was identified as Meera alias Saradha (40). She was working in a betel field when tragedy struck her.