At least 65 killed by lightning strikes and thunderstorms in northern India

Amer Fort is a popular attraction in the city of Jaipur.

New Delhi (CNN)At least 65 people were killed by lightning strikes and thunderstorms in the north Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, authorities said.

In the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, 23 died after lightning hit Amer Fort -- a popular tourist spot on the outskirts of the city, according to Shankar Lal Saini, a senior disaster management official in Jaipur.
"There was a tower there. When the lightning struck, the tower's wall collapsed, many people were buried under it. Since the fort is on a hill, when the debris was falling and space reduced, some people also fell into a ditch," Saini told CNN.
    The incident happened at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, with rescue operations continuing until 7 a.m. on Monday, according to Saini.
      Women and children were among the bodies recovered. The victims were declared dead on arrival at the city's Sawai Man Singh Hospital.
        "I have pain all over my body because stones and honey bee nests fell on me," said 22-year-old Izhar Ali, who survived the strike and is being treated at a hospital in Jaipur, on Tuesday.
        Ali had gone with his younger brother, cousin and some friends to the site; they had climbed up the watch tower to take a photo, but the wind and rain were so strong they decided to just sit and wait it out.
          "I had my phone in my hand and I remember seeing the time, it was 7:04 p.m. when lightning struck," Ali said. His brother slipped and nearly fell off the tower, and as the group pulled him to safety, lightning struck one of Ali's friends, who died.
          When the rain finally let up, they carried the friend's body down the tower. "There were people lying dead around us," Ali said.