Squalls claim three, several injured in Bihar
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 19:22
Kishanganj/Saharsa: Three persons, including two children, were killed and dozens others injured when squalls lashed vast rural areas in Bihar's Kishanganj, Supaul, Saharsa and Madhepura districts on Wednesday, official sources said.

Darkness enveloped most parts of the districts this afternoon with squalls lashing the area, affecting vast population in several panchayats in these districts, sources said.

A Kishanganj report quoting official sources said two children Shahnawaz Alam (8) and Rameja Khatun (6) were killed and about a dozen others injured in thunderstorms which badly devastated Belwa, Halamala, Panisal and Gachpara panchayats under Kishanganj block, they said.

The injured were being treated at hospitals at Kishanganj and Belwa.

Maheshwari Yadav (55) was killed at Sahugarh panchayat under Madhepura police station in Madhepura district following the squall which destroyed several thatched houses in Ghailar and Madhepura Sada blocks in the district, the sources said.

20 to 25 per cent standing crops were destroyed in Nawatta and Satar Kataiya blocks in neighbouring Saharsa district, they said, adding the officials estimated loss of properties worth Rs five crore.

According to a Supaul report, angry locals blocked National Highway at Pipra demanding adequate compensation to the farmers for the destruction of their standing crops in the squalls.


First Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 19:22

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