Twenty-six people were killed after being struck by lightning across Bihar on Thursday, officials said. More than 100 people have died due to lightning strikes in the state in the last one week, they added.
Samastipur accounted for the highest number of seven deaths, followed by Patna (six), East Champaran (four), Katihar (three), Sheohar and Madhepura (two each) and West Champaran and Purnea (one each), the department said.
On June 30, 11 people were killed by lightning strikes in five districts, while 83 such deaths were reported from 23 districts within a span of 24 hours on June 25.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday condoled the death of people in lightning strikes in Bihar, and said the state government and disaster management teams are engaged in relief work.
“I am very sad over the death of many people in lightning strikes in Bihar. The state administration and disaster management teams are engaged in relief work. I express my condolences to the bereaved families in this hour of grief and wish the injured speedy recovery,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.
बिहार में आकाशीय बिजली गिरने से कई लोगों के निधन की सूचना से बहुत दुःख हुआ। प्रदेश प्रशासन व आपदा प्रबंधन की टीमें राहत कार्य में लगी हुई हैं। मैं दुःख की इस घड़ी में शोक संतप्त परिवारों के प्रति अपनी संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ और घायलों के शीघ्र ही स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूँ।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 2, 2020
Expressing grief over the latest fatalities, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered a payment of Rs four lakh as ex-gratia to the next of kin of each deceased.
He also appealed to people to remain “alert and vigilant and stay indoors” as far as possible during the bad weather, besides following the advisories issued by the disaster management department.
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