At least 83 people so far have been identified to have died and many injured from a deadly thunderstorm that struck the north-eastern state of Bihar on Thursday.
According to the State Government’s tally, Bihar’s Gopalganj has the highest casualties with 13-14 deaths, and 22 fatalities were reported from other areas of the state due to Bihar thunderstorm.
The Nitish Kumar government has announced 4 lakhs ex gratia to the families of the deceased according to reports. The lightning strikes have caused extensive damage to properties and in Bihar reportedly 40 animals have died from the same cause.
Many of the fatalities in Bihar’s Gopalganj reportedly occurred to farmers while they were stuck by the thunder in the fields. It is a perennial danger in monsoon season.
Reacting to the fatalities West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended her condolences to the families of the deceased. “Very disturbed by the death of 83 persons in lightning strikes and storms in Bihar, especially in Gopalganj district,” she wrote on Twitter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended his condolences. He wrote in some districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, heavy rains and thunders have caused death to many people. He said the state governments were quick to launch relief works. “I express my condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in this disaster,” he added.
Fatalities have also been reported from Uttar Pradesh as well. 24 deaths were reported from Deoria. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced 4 lakh ex gratia to the families of the deceased.
This is a developing story. More to follow.