As monsoon rains reached across Bihar on Tuesday evening, at least 46 people were killed and 25 others were injured in last 24 hours. Disaster Management Principal Secretary Vyasji confirmed that Four persons died in lightning strikes at separate places of Bihar’s Aurangabad district on Tuesday.

Patna received 17.2 mm rainfall while the temple town of Gaya registered 32.6 mm of rainfall. Bhagalpur received 25.7 mm of rain and recorded a maximum of 36.7 degrees Celsius, the MeT Department said yesterday.

At least 46 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand. 25 others were injured in last 24 hours.

A man and his son became victims of the lightning strike while they were returning home from field in Darmikala village under Tandwa police station. Under Daudnagar police station, one person each became victim of lightning strikes in Aarai and Pansa villages.

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Officials said the victim’s families would get Rs four lakh each as compensation for death in natural calamity. Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains. In Bihar, the deaths occurred in Nalanda, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Purnea, Munger, Gaya, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Banka and Kaimur.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, At least 2,000 people have died in lightning strikes in India every year since 2005. India receives 80% of its annual rainfall during the monsoon season which runs between June and September.

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