Over 250 sparrows were found dead in a garden in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district in the early hours today following heavy rain and thunder, said officials.
The garden belongs Manoj Mamidwar, an official said.
"These birds have been coming to my garden for years now and I have placed water pots all over for them. On Sunday morning, after the rain, I came to see if any trees had fallen and I saw over 250 sparrows lying dead. Some 14 birds were rescued," Mr Mamidwar said.