Bihar,June 26, 2020.

Lightning in various districts of Bihar has claimed at least 83 lives in the last 24 hours. Thirteen people died in Gopalganj, 8 each in Madhubani and Nawada, 6 each in Baghalpur and Siwan, 5 each in Darbhanga, Banka, East Champaran, and 3 each in Khagaria and Aurangabad.

Two people each lost their lives in West Champaran, Kishanganj, Jamui, Jahanabad, Purnia, Supaul, Buxar, Kaimur, while one death each was reported from Samastipur, Shivhar, Saran, Sitamarhi and Madhepura districts. Most of the people who died were reportedly working in the fields. The injured have been admitted to hospitals. 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Rs 4 lakhs each for the families of the deceased. Heavy rain with thunderstorms and lightning has lashed various parts of Bihar even before the onset of the monsoon in the state.

The weather department has also predicted rains for the next 5 days in the state. Heavy rains are further expected in Kishanganj, Araria, Katihar, Purnia, Supaul districts today and tomorrow.