New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed his condolences at the deaths of 17 people due to lightning and thunderstorms and announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh for each victim’s family.
Taking to the Twitter the Chief Minister said, “6 people died in Bhagalpur, 3 in Vaishali, 2 in Khagaria, 1 in Katihar, 1 in Saharsa, 1 in Madhepura, 2 in Banka and 1 in Munger due to thunderstorm and lightning. My deepest condolences to the affected families. An ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh will be given immediately to the next of kin of all the deceased.”
CM also urged residents to take precautions against the bad weather and follow suggestions issued by the Disaster Management Department. “Stay at home in bad weather and stay safe,” he said.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the southwest monsoon had progressed farther into portions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, the remaining parts of Vidarbha, parts of Chhattisgarh, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Bihar. Heavy rain has been battering Bihar over the last few days as monsoon is likely to pick up pace in the state this week. According to Patna Meteorological Centre, the districts situated near the foothills of the Himalayas are likely to receive normal to above normal rain this month.
On Sunday, IMD issues Thunderstorms with scattered heavy showers are expected to continue in North, Central, and East India for the next two to three days. India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of the Gujarat region, Madhya Pradesh, remaining parts of Vidarbha, some more parts of Chhattisgarh, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar.