22 April, Patna
The death toll in nor’wester storm in Bihar has gone upto forty-two while over 80 people have been seriously injured.
The maximum number of 32 deaths were reported from Purnia district, while six have died in Madhepura 2 in Darbhanga and one each in Supaul and Madhubani.
Several thousand trees were uprooted, power lines damaged and thousands of huts and standing crops of maize, wheat and pulses have been damaged. Transport in several districts have been hit.
The state government has declared a compensation of four lakh rupees to the kin of each of the persons dead in the storm. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made an aerial survey of the affected area to assess the situation and the extent of damage.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after the state was struck by a deadly storm late last night.
In a tweet, Singh said that Bihar Chief Minister is visiting the storm affected areas to take stock of the situation and the Centre has assured the state of all possible help.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has condoled the deaths in the deadly storm in Bihar and expressed deep sympathies with the families of the victims .
In a tweet Jaitely said ,” May god give strength to grief-stricken families to withstand losses caused by heavy storm.”