Patna: Lightning strikes killed 56 people including two children in various parts of Bihar on Tuesday evening. About 42 persons too were reportedly killed in lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh.
While showers were expected to be a breather for people from the sweltering heat, several parts of Bihar were in a state of gloom following the storm and heavy rainfall.
“As many as 46 persons were killed and eight injured in the lightning strikes across the state. Two persons have been critically injured following the lightning strikes,” said Principal Secretary of Disaster management Vyas Ji.
According to the official, three each were killed in Buxar, Saran, Kaimur, Saharsa and Katihar district. Two each were killed in Bhojpur, Samastipur, Bhagalpur, Monghyr and Madhepura district and one each in West Champaran and Gaya district.
In Patna and Rohtas alone, 16 people were injured by the lightning. Over a dozen people were also injured in Kosi region of Saharsa. Five people including a minor student were killed when they were returning home on Tuesday evening in Rohtas, a district official said. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to the victims’ families.
Lightning strikes during the monsoon season which started from the second week of June to October is common in Bihar. The rains that started earlier this week were the first of this monsoon season.