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Lightning kills 20 in Bihar

Last Updated: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 15:06

Patna: At least 20 people, including women and children, have been killed by lightning across Bihar since Saturday, an official said.

"In the last 24 hours, at least 20 people, including three children and two women, have been killed by bolts of lightning across Bihar," an official of the state Disaster Management Department said.

Over a dozen people also sustained burn injuries.

Purnia district reported seven deaths, Nawada four, while Patna, Araria, Madhepura, Nalanda and Sheikhpura reported two deaths each.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each for victims` kins.

Lightning strikes during the June-September monsoon season are common in Bihar.


First Published: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 15:06
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