Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences after lightning and thunderstorms in Bihar killed 83 people, injured many and caused extensive property damage in the past two days.
The state disaster management department said that 23 districts in the state were severely affected, with Gopalganj representing the maximum number of victims at 13. Uttar Pradesh was also hit by thunderstorms and reported casualties .
Prime Minister Modi expressed anxiety over the loss of human life and said state governments are working for relief and rehabilitation.
“Has received tragic news of the deaths of several people in certain districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to heavy rain and lightning. State governments are engaged in relief quickly,” he said. he tweeted in Hindi.
District reports indicate that more than 20 people were injured and admitted to hospital. Lightning also caused considerable damage to residents’ homes and property.
Bihar’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of the victims.
Kumar also called on everyone to stay alert and stay indoors as much as possible during the storms.
Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also offered condolences to the families of the victims.
Very disturbed by the deaths of 83 people in lightning and storms in Bihar, in particular in the district of Gopalganj. The people of Bengal support those affected and express their condolences to the families of the deceased.
– Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 25, 2020
The meteorological office predicted thunderstorms in the 38 districts of the state over the next few days as well as “heavy to very heavy rain” in the northern districts, prone to flooding, on the border with Nepal.