Lightning claimed two lives in two different areas in Burdwan (East) yesterday late afternoon during a rain and thundershower that lasted for 30 minutes in Memari, Raina and Jamalpur blocks.

At Shekhpur village in Memari Police Station area, a farmer, Gobinda Turi (52), was struck by lightning while he was way back home from his farmland.

He had taken shelter under a tree in the outskirt of the village while it was raining heavily.

The villagers later rescued the critically injured farmer and he was shifted to the Burdwan medical College & Hospital where he succumbed in the evening.