More Than A Hundred People Died From Lightning Strikes In Two Days In India
One hundred and ten people have died in the Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the past two days from lightning strikes, the Disaster Management Department announced.
Earlier it was reported that the death toll from lightning strikes in the Indian state of Bihar has increased to 83. In turn, the authorities of Uttar Pradesh state reported that lightning killed 24 people on Thursday, and three more died on Wednesday.
32 people were injured by lightning strikes — 20 people were injured in Bihar, 12 in Uttar Pradesh. All of them were hospitalized with burns.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences for the loss of life.
"We have received tragic news about the death of several people in some areas of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar due to heavy rains and lightning. State governments are quickly engaged in providing emergency assistance," he tweeted.
State authorities said that relatives of the victims would receive payments of 400 thousand rupees, and urged people to stay indoors as long as possible during bad weather conditions.
Meanwhile, the weather Department predicts continued precipitation in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Thunderstorms are expected to hit all parts of the state over the next few days, along with "heavy and very heavy precipitation" in the Northern areas on the border with Nepal, where flooding is often recorded.