PATNA: At least, 46 people were killed when lightning struck in major parts of Bihar on late Tuesday night.
Reports said a maximum of 21 deaths were reported from five districts of Rohtas, Patna, Aurangabad, Nalanda and Purnia.
Similarly, it claimed three lives each in Buxur, Saran, Kaimur, Saharsa and Katihar while two each died in Bhojpur, Samastipur, Bhagalpur and Munger. The remaining deaths were reported from Valmikinagar and Madhepura.
The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 400,000 to each victim family.
The state witnesses first Monsoon shower last evening. The meteorological department has predicted more rains in the next few days.
In neighbouring Jharkhand state, lightning is learnt to have claimed 10 lives while in Uttar Pradesh, at least 43 people were killed in lightning strike.