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Thunderstorm, lightning claim 107 lives in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

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Patna: Thunderstorm and lightning in two states, across 31 districts have claimed 107 lives over the past two days – 83 in Bihar and 24 in Uttar Pradesh leaving several injured. It caused widespread damage to properties, the Bihar state disaster management said on Thursday (June 25). Meteorologists have warned people of both the states to stay indoors for the next 72 hours.

According to a statement by the metrological department, the deaths due to thunderstorm happened in 23 districts of the state, with Bihar’s Gopalganj accounting for the maximum number of casualties at 13. Reports said more than 20 people are injured, and admitted to hospital.

Among the Bihar’s others districts, 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).

In UP, bolts of lightning killed nine in Deoria, followed by six in Prayagraj, three in Ambedkarnagar and two in Barabanki. The UP relief commissioner’s office said 24 people were injured in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the families.

“In some districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, heavy rains and falling lightning-caused tragic news of the death of many people. The state governments are engaged in relief work with promptness. I express my condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in this disaster,” Modi said on Twitter.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a compensation of Rs 4.4 lakh to the families of the deceased. “83 people died of thunder in various districts of the state. It has been directed to give ex-gratia grant of Rs. 4-4 lakh to the kin of the deceased,” he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed her grief. “Very disturbed by the death of 83 persons in lightning strikes and storms in Bihar, especially in Gopalganj district. People of Bengal stand by the affected people and express condolences to the families of the deceased,” she tweeted.

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