New Delhi: In an unfortunate incident, at least 83 people, including three children, were killed in lightning and thunderstorm in five districts of Bihar on Thursday.Also Read - Budget 2022: IMF’s Gita Gopinath Expects India To Address Unequal Recovery, Focus On Healthcare, Education

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced Rs 4 lakhs compensation each for 83 people who lost their lives due to thunderstorms in the state. Also Read - LIVE ASL vs WOG Legends League Cricket Updates Asia Lions vs World Giants: Misbah-ul-Haq-Led Side Star Favourites Against Giants

Reacting to the incident, PM Modi expressed shock and expressed condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the disaster. Also Read - MPSC Recruitment 2022: Last Date Extended For 900 Group C Posts; Apply on

“I’ve received tragic news about death of many people due to heavy rain and lightning strikes in some districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The state govts are engaged in relief work. I express condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this disaster,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

As per updates from the State Disaster Management Department, Gopalganj district reported the highest number of deaths, at 13, followed by five in Darbhanga, four in Siwan and two each in Madhubani and West Champaran districts.

These people were struck by the lightning while working in their fields, in different blocks of Gopalganj district.

According to officials, Barauli and Uchkagaon blocks reported four deaths each followed by two in Gopalganj and one each in Majha, Kateya and Vijay blocks.

In Siwan, two persons died in Hussainganj and one each in Siwan and Barhariya blocks, district officials said.

Five persons, including three children, were killed and two others injured in lightning strikes in Darbhanga, District Disaster Management Officer Pushpesh Kumar said.

The deceased include two boys in Hanuman Nagar block, a girl in Bahadur block, a woman in a village in Biraul police station area and a man in another settlement under the jurisdiction of Baheri police station.

A couple was also killed while working in their field in Belha village in Phulparas police station area in Madhubani district.

Two other farmers were killed in their respective fields, in two villages under the jurisdiction of Shikarpur police station in West Champaran district.

Heavy rain with thunderstorms and lightning has lashed various parts of Bihar even before the onset of the monsoon in the state.