16:59 GMT05 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): With the onset of the monsoon season, several districts in the northern Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were struck by lightning during a thunderstorm on Thursday. Most of the victims were out working in the fields at the time of the incident.

    More than 100 people have reportedly died in various districts in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar after being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm over the last 24 hours. Many people have been injured after sustaining burn injuries. The Bihar government has announced $5,293 (Rs 400,000) to each family of the deceased. 

    ​Gopalganj, Darbhanga, Siwan, Madhubani, and West Champaran remain the worst hit districts in Bihar, as per local media reports. In Uttar Pradesh, Deoria and eastern districts recorded deaths from lightning.

    As many as 83  persons have lost their lives due to thunderstorms and lightning strike in Bihar in the last 24 hours, the State Disaster Management Department said.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths of the victims. 

    ​"In some districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, heavy rains and lightning have caused tragic deaths. The states' governments are engaged in relief work. I express my condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in this disaster", he said in a tweet.

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of very heavy rainfall in several states, including Bihar, for the next three days. In India, every year more than 2,500 people die due to lightning and the death toll has increased sharply in the past two years, as per the government record.

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