Lightning strikes killed as many as 83 people, including 26 children, on Thursday in Bihar—its worst such single-day toll in recent years. Confirming the toll, the Bihar Disaster Management Authority said these deaths took place in a 12-hour period.
In most cases, people were hit by lightning when they were out of their homes. Bhagalpur and Siwan reported six deaths each. East Champaran, Banka and Darbhanga reported five deaths each, followed by two deaths each in Khagaria and Aurangabad.
Gopalganj sub-divisional officer Upendra Pal said the 13 people who died in the district were struck by lightning while working in the fields. In Gopalganj, Barauli and Uchkagaon reported four deaths each.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Rs 4 lakh each for the next of kin of a victim. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted condoling the lightning deaths in Bihar and as well as Uttar Pradesh—where three people died.
बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश के कुछ जिलों में भारी बारिश और आकाशीय बिजली गिरने से कई लोगों के निधन का दुखद समाचार मिला। राज्य सरकारें तत्परता के साथ राहत कार्यों में जुटी हैं। इस आपदा में जिन लोगों को अपनी जान गंवानी पड़ी है, उनके परिजनों के प्रति मैं अपनी संवेदना प्रकट करता हूं।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 25, 2020
The Prime Minister said that both states have immediately begun relief work
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