The toll in the killer Northwester in Bihar rose to 55 with one more person dying on Friday in the worst-hit Purnea district even as an alert has been sounded for north-eastern regions of the state about possibility of a thunder squall and rains.
At least 42 persons perished in the severe Nor'wester which ravaged 12 districts of Bihar last night, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said on his return after an aerial survey of the affected areas.
The BJP on Monday demanded framing of a strong anti-conversion law and blamed the Jitan Ram Manjhi government in Bihar for failing to keep its promises of development of the dalit community, which, he alleged compelled several families to convert to other religions in several districts recently.
One person was killed while six others were seriously injured when a newspaper laden vehicle scraped another vehicle coming from the opposite direction and overturned in Madhepura district of Bihar Thursday.
Government has put on alert troops of border guarding Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in view of the impending Kosi floods in Bihar even as the paramilitary force has moved its critical equipment and ammunition to interior areas from the frontier.
Kosi floods — As the situation in Bihar worsens due to floods in the river Kosi Centre on Sunday rushed in essential supplies, relief teams and put on standby several aircrafts to deal with any emergency.
Facing stiff challenge from a resurgent BJP and RJD of Lalu Prasad, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, seeking an eighth term to Parliament, is finding himself on a sticky wicket in Madhepura Lok Sabha seat nestled along the Indo-Nepal border.