The fusillade of the lightning strikes took away 107 lives in just one night in UP and Bihar. A total of 83 people in Bihar and 24 people in UP succumbed to death due to a heavy thunderstorm on June 25. Despite there was a strict instruction to stay indoors amid the forecast of a heavy storm, which the people of both seem to blatantly ignore, caused this much heavy casualties.
A total of 23 districts of Bihar reported heavy fatalities, among which the district Gopalganj being the worst hit- a total of 13 people was killed in the particular district. In UP, bolt took away the lives of nine people of Deoria district.
According to local authorities, the lion’s share of the killed men was working in their fields. Despite an alert of a thunderstorm by the MET office, this reason chugged up the number of casualties.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and UP CM Yogi Adityanath announced ex gratia of 4 lakhs each to the victim’s family. “Follow all advisories and stay indoors and safe during bad weather” suggested Nitish to the people of his state.
Sideway, IMD has announced a RED Alert for 72 hours in Bihar as similar thunderstorms are bound for the same region. The Met office has requested the people of the state to stay indoors during the thunderstorm. The office has already launched an android app for early lightning detection.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi shared their condolences on this shocking incident through twitter.