On Thursday, 25 people died due to lightning strikes in Bihar. Eight people died due to lightning in Samastipur. In Katihar, six people died due to thunderclap. Five people died after being struck by thunder in Patna’s Dulhin Bazaar. Similarly, four people died in East Champaran and two in Shivhar due to lightning.
The Meteorological Department has issued an alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms in the next 48 hours. Director of Patna Meteorological Center, Anand Shankar has said that there is a possibility of rain and celestial lightning in most part of the state for the next 48 hours.
He appealed to the farmers and common people to avoid going in the open as much as possible during this period. If lightning shines in the sky or if there is a sound of them falling, take shelter in a pucca house.
According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of rain and thunderstorm till 7 pm in 13 districts including Bhagalpur, Purnia, Katihar, Madhepura, Munger, Saharsa, Samastipur, Muzaffarpur.
This is not the first time such an incident has happened, earlier, at least 83 people were killed by lightning in various districts of Bihar, and 24 in Uttar Pradesh while many people were reported to be injured as heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed several areas of north India.
In Uttar Pradesh, in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, 24 people died in lightning strikes in the state amid heavy rain and thunderstorm. Out of them, nine died in Deoria district alone.