Patna: 83 people killed, injured many and caused widespread damage to property in lightening strikes and thunderstorm in Bihar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences.
According to the state disaster management department statement, “23 districts of the state were gravely affected with Gopalganj accounting for the maximum number of casualties at 13. Uttar Pradesh has also been affected by the thunderstorms and has reported casualties.”
PM Modi expressed his anguish at the loss of lives and said the state governments are working towards relief and rehabilitation.
He wrote on Twitter in hindi, “Received tragic news about death of several people in some districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to heavy rains and lightening. The state governments are engaged in relief work with promptness.”
The district officials report said more than 20 people were injured and admitted to hospital. Lightning strikes has also caused widespread damage to houses and properties of the residents.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of the victims.