At least 42 people lost their lives in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India, after getting struck by lightning on September 15, 2020. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of further rains in most parts of the country over the next three days.
Lightning strikes killed 29 people and injured 11 others in various districts across Bihar, while 13 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh, bringing the toll to 42, according to media.
Kaimur District in southern Bihar accounted for five deaths. Three each were reported in Rohtas, Bohjpur, and Gopalganj districts. 15 fatalities were reported in 10 other districts.
The government said most of the victims were working in crop fields when they were hit by lightning.
Governor Phagu Chauhan and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief and extended condolences over the loss of lives.
Financial assistance of 400 000 rupees or around 5 400 dollars will be provided to the relatives of the deceased, Kumar announced, adding that those injured will also receive free treatment.
Meanwhile, 13 people died in Uttar Pradesh after getting struck by lightning. Four fatalities were reported in Ghazipur, three in Kaushambi, two each in Kushinagar and Chitrakoot, and one each in Jaunpur and Chandauli.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered district officials to compensate the families of the victims with the same amount.
IMD warned of more heavy rains over the next three days, but there will be no significant changes in the maximum and minimum temperatures.
Meteorologists advised people to take caution and stay indoors as much as possible during severe weather.
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