Patna, May 9: Fifteen people were killed across Bihar after a massive rainstorm struck the state on Tuesday, reports claim. The storm also reportedly destroyed standing crops, along with damaging houses and causing damage to other properties in at least 11 districts across the state.
As per a report by IndiaTVnews, the storm claimed two lives each in Lakhisarai, Aurangabad, Madhubani and Begusarai districts and one life each in Patna, Nalanda, Purnea, Darbhanga, Supual, Araria and Munger districts. This figure was presented by the Disaster Management Department’s Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit. He is also the chief managing director of the State Power Holding Company and he stated that following the storm, the officials acted efficiently and interrupted the functioning of 240 electricity feeders in time.
Following the incident, chief minister Nitish Kumar while expressing grief over the loss of lives ordered payment of Rs. 4 lakh ex-gratia to the next of kin of each deceased. He also directed the district magistrates to conduct survey about the crop damage due to the storm. According to Amrit, the process of that survey has already begun.
According to FirstPost, movement of vehicles was also affected due to the storm, while more than hundreds were rendered homeless. In Aurangabad, a farmer was also reportedly killed when lightning struck him.
IndiaTVnews stated that according to MeT Department, the storm arrived from the north-west direction hit Bihar with a speed of 80 km per hour, accompanied by 8.3 mm rain. Another similar storm has been predicted for tomorrow.