In the past two days, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh faced huge thunderstorms and lightning. This havoc took 100 lives and left 32 people injured. Officials of UP and Bihar said on Thursday that there has been huge damaged done to properties as well.
Bihar had the most devastating lightning strikes, killing 83 people. Since Wednesday Bihar had lost 83 lives, as per the figures released on Thursday by the Disaster Management Department in Patna. Further, they said that over 20 people were injured in these incidents and currently hospitalized.
Meanwhile, in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh, at least 24 people died when they were struck by lightning on Thursday, while 12 were injured, officials said in Lucknow. Three had perished to lightning strikes in the state on Wednesday, they said.
Lightning And Thunderstorm Killed 83 In Bihar
The Bihar’s Gopalganj district faced the maximum number of casualties, as per the state’s Disaster Management Department.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Hindi and condoled the loss of lives. “Received tragic news about the death of several people in some districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to heavy rains and lightning. The state governments are engaged in relief work with promptness,” he tweeted in Hindi.
CMs of both states expressed their grief and announced a payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the next of the kin of each deceased in their respective states. Bihar’s CM Nitish Kumar requested people to stay alert and indoors during bad weather. He further asked people to follow advisories issued by the Disaster Management Department in this regard.
UP’s CM Yogi Adityanath too directed officials to provide required healthcare facilities to those injured. Meanwhile, the Patna’s weather department forecasted the bad weather to continue for some 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.
Lucknow’s Met department forecasted heavy rainfalls at segregated places in east UP on June 26.