Tragic incidents of lightning strikes have caused the loss of at least 22 lives in various parts of Bihar over the past 12 hours. State officials have reported a total of eight casualties in Arwal and Rohtas districts, while Aurangabad and East Champaran districts have confirmed two deaths each. Furthermore, one fatality each has been recorded in Kaimur, Kishanganj, Banka, Siwan, Nalanda, Araria, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, and Saran districts. These incidents primarily occurred when individuals were working in the fields during the preparation for the Kharif season.
Expressing his condolences, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia compensation of four lakh rupees each for the family members of those who lost their lives in these unfortunate incidents.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy rainfall in the eastern parts of Bihar on July 15. The department has advised people to avoid venturing out during rains due to the possibility of thunderstorms and lightning in several areas across the state.
These incidents serve as a reminder of the need for precautionary measures during severe weather conditions, especially during thunderstorms and lightning. The state government, along with relevant agencies, will likely intensify efforts to raise awareness and promote safety measures to prevent further loss of life. The IMD’s weather forecast will play a crucial role in enabling people to stay informed and take necessary precautions to ensure their well-being during adverse weather situations.