Death toll in lightening and rain-related incidents in Bihar rises to 36

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In Bihar, number of casualties due to lightning, thunderstorm and rain-related incidents during last 24 hours in different parts of the state have gone up to 36. Thirteen people including eight children were injured in these incidents. Most of the dead were farmers who were on the fields when the tragedy struck.

Several trees and electric polls were uprooted and the supply of electricity disrupted in several parts of the state due to thunderstorm.

Expressing grief over the tragedy, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex gratia of four lakh rupees to the next of the kins of those who lost their lives.

Mr Kumar ordered free treatment to injured people. The Chief Minister appealed people of the state to be vigilant and remain in doors during lightning.