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Lightning strikes in Bihar kill at least 26 in 24 hours; MeT predicts inclement weather on Monday

Patna: At least 26 persons, including women and children, were killed and over a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said in Patna on Monday.

Representational image. News18

Representational image. News18

Deaths were reported from Vaishali, Patna, Rohtas, Saran, Buxar, Bhojpur, Gaya, Samastipur, Siwan, Araria and Aurangabad districts on Sunday, Bihar State Disaster Department official Anirudh Kumar said.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family of each victim.

Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are common across Bihar, with bamboo and grass huts more at risk.

Bihar received heavy rainfall on Sunday, and the Meteorological Department has forecast similar conditions on Monday as well.

Published Date: Jul 10, 2017 13:04 PM | Updated Date: Jul 10, 2017 13:04 PM

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