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32 killed, 80 injured in storm in Bihar on Tuesday night
Patna, April 22, 2015
At least 32 people were killed and more than 80 suffered injuries when a severe storm hit several parts of Bihar late last night, official sources said.
The storm also caused widespread damage to property, including hundreds of huts, standing crops, trees, telephone and electricity poles and other structures.
Bihar Principal Secretary, Disaster Management Department, Vyasji told journalists here today that 25 of the deaths were reported from Purnea district, six from Madhepura and one in Madhubani.
With hundreds of trees and poles uprooted by the winds that reached upto 65 kmph, road traffic was disrupted in the affected districts.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters that he would visit the affected areas to see the extent of damage. He also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of those who died.
Some of the other districts affected by the storm included Darbhanga, Kisanganj, Katihar, Saharsa, Supual, Araria and Bhagalpur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Mr Kumar about the situation arising out of the storm.
"Spoke to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar ji on situation arising due to storms in various parts of the State. Assured all assistance from Centre," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Mr Modi also said Home Minister Rajnath Singh would visit Bihar to take stock of the situation.