Highlights:

  • Eight people died in Bihar due to lightning strikes
  • CM announces an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 4 lakh for the kin of the deceased
  • The lockdown in the state has been extended till August 16 due to an increase in the number of cases
  • Today, at least eight people died in Bihar due to lightning strikes.

Patna: Out of the eight people, three were reported dead in Sheikhpura and Jamui. One each died in Siwan and Begusarai. The Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 4 lakh for the kin of the deceased.

Previously on June 25, 2020, around 83 people had died due to lightning strikes. The most number of deaths were reported from the Gopalganj district around 13 people. The lightning strikes had also caused damage to property and resulted in the death of over 40 animals in Bihar.

Meanwhile, due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, the Bihar Government has extended the lockdown till August 16. Previously the lockdown was from July 16 to July 31. Till date, the state has reported 48,001 cases. Within a time span of five days, the number of cases has jumped from 36,314 to 48,001.

Air and rail travel have been allowed along with offices and banks with limited staff. The restaurants of the state would not be allowed to operate except for takeaway and home deliveries.