According to a statement put out by the department, the deaths in lighting strikes happened in 23 districts of the state, with Gopalganj accounting for the maximum number of casualties at 13.
Deaths have also been reported from: Nawada and Madhubani (eight each); Siwan and Bhagalpur (six each); East Champaran, Darbhanga and Banka (five each); Khagaria and Aurangabad (three each); West Champaran, Kishanganj, Jehanabad, Jamui, Purnea, Supaul, Buxar and Kaimur (two each); and Samastipur, Sheohar, Saran, Sitmarhi, Madhepura (one each), it said.
Reports from districts said more than 20 people were injured and admitted to hospital. The lightning has also caused widespread damage to houses and belongings of the residents.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश के कुछ जिलों में भारी बारिश और आकाशीय बिजली गिरने से कई लोगों के निधन का दुखद समाचार मिला। रा… https://t.co/nNerZS05vl
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1593095441000
Expressing grief over the incident, chief minister Nitish Kumar directed a payment of Rs 4 lakh as ex gratia to next of the kin of each deceased.
Meanwhile, the weather department has predicted that the inclement weather could persist for some more days.
An IMD release said thunderstorms are likely to lash all the 38 districts of the state over the next few days along with “heavy to very heavy rainfall” in the northern, flood-prone districts, bordering Nepal.
Kumar appealed to the people of the state to remain alert and vigilant stay indoors as far as possible during bad weather conditions.
He also asked people to follow advisories issued by the Disaster Management Department in this regard.
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