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Bihar sounds alert after warning of heavy storm at a speed of 70 km/hour

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PATNA: The eastern Indian state of Bihar has been put on high alert in view of warning by the meteorological department of a thunderstorm accompanied with squall wind hitting the south-eastern region in the next 24 hours.

Authorities apprehend the storm may strike the region on Monday afternoon and have warned the villagers against going out unless they have some emergency works, and staying under the trees or in thatched/old homes during the storm.

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The state disaster management department said the squall wind speed could reach up to 70 km per hour.

“Thunderstorm accompanied with squall speed reaching up to 70kmph likely to affect during next hours,” said a disaster management department in its alert message.

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The department also asked the authorities to be on high alert. “We have placed the NDRF and SDRF teams on high alert in view of storm warning,” department’s principal secretary Vyasji said today.

Authorities said the storm could affect 24 districts of north and south-eastern Bihar which include Supaul, Araria, Bhagalpur, Purnia, Kishanganj, Madhepura, Khagaria, Katihar, Saharsa, Munger, Jamui, Lakhisarai, Banka, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Samastipur, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Begusarai, Sheikhpura, Nalanada, Nawada and Gaya.

Last year, a deadly storm which hit the state on April 22 had left 32 people dead and scores of villagers badly wounded while also destroying thousands of homes.

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