Thunderstorm, lightning claim 28 lives in Bihar, govt rushes relief
Of the victims, 18 died in lightning strike in various parts of the state, the disaster management department though confirmed only 17 deaths.
Maximum casualties were reported from West and East Champaran, Jamui, Munger, Bhagalpur and Madhepura, reports said.
The thunderstorm also left trails of destruction in districts like Vaishali, Saran, Darbhanga, Nawada and Samastipur.
A disaster management official said the state government has announced a compensation of Rs 400,000 to the families of each victim.
He added all the district magistrates concerned have been asked to provide relief to the victims' families without any delay.
Authorities said the thunderstorm also affected air traffic services in Patna with two Indigo flights getting re-routed.
It also disrupted train services as at some places trees got uprooted and fell on overhead wires or railway tracks. Many houses were also damaged in the storm.