At least five persons, including three minors, were killed by lightning strikes in separate incidents in Odisha on Tuesday.

The first incident was reported from Baghuasole village under Chandua police limits in Mayurbhanj district. Three minors, including two boys aged 15 and a girl aged 12, were playing outdoors in front of their house when it started raining heavily. The sudden downpour was accompanied by lighting.

The three youngsters took shelter under a tree. However, the lightning struck the tree, killing the three on the spot.

Besides the three minors, at least 19 goats were also killed in the lightning strike.

Later, their family members reached the spot and found them lying unconscious. They rushed the minors to the nearby district headquarters hospital where the doctors declared them brought dead.

In the second incident, a woman in her mid-forties died after lightning struck her in Badamachana village under Suliapada police limits of Mayurbhanj.

In the third incident in Dhenkanal district, a man was killed and three others were seriously injured at Mahuliapani village under Parjang police limits.