Patna: At least 15 more people were killed after being struck by lightning in seven districts of Bihar in the last 24 hours. Of these, six fatalities were reported from Vaishali, two from Lakhisarai, three from Samastipur and one each from Gaya, Banka, Nalanda and Jamui districts. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Bihar Police SP Vinay Tiwari 'Forcibly Quarantined' by BMC in Mumbai

The meteorological department has issued an alert for thunderstorms in more than a dozen districts, including Patna, Bhojpur, Vaishali and Nalanda in the state. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Uddhav Thackeray Under Pressure From Bollywood Mafia, Alleges Bihar Deputy CM

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has appealed to the people to be vigilant and follow the guidelines issued by the disaster management department for protection against lightning in the inclement weather. He suggested that people stay at home and be safe. Also Read - Coronavirus in Bihar: State Breaches 50,000 Mark After Record Spike of 2,986; Total Tally Reaches 50,987

On Thursday, 26 persons died due to lightning striking different districts. These included six in Patna, four in east Champaran, seven in Samastipur, three in Katihar, two each in Shivhar and Madhepura and one each in Purnia and west Champaran districts.

Last Tuesday, 11 persons died as lightning fell in various districts of Bihar while on June 26, 96 persons perished as lightning struck different parts of the state.

On Friday, a total of eight people were  killed in Bihar after being struck by lightning.

(With agency inputs)