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Lightning kills 83 in Bihar, 13 from Gopalganj alone

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Rs 4 lakh each for the next of kin of a victim.

By: Express News Service | Patna | Updated: June 26, 2020 2:24:11 am
bihar lightning deaths, bihar news, bihar lightning, bihar thunderstorm deaths, gopalaganj lightning deaths, gopalganj news Family members of victims who were killed in lightning strikes, mourn, in Gopalganj, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (PTI Photo)

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.

The deaths were spread across 23 districts in Bihar. Gopalganj was the worst-hit with 13 casualties, followed by Nawada and Madhubani hit with eight deaths each.

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.

Injured being treated at Government Hospital after lightning struck them along with other villagers, in Gopalganj district, Thursday, June 25, 2020.  (PTI Photo)

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.

The Prime Minister said that both states have immediately begun relief work

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