Lightning strikes kill TWENTY people in 24 hours in India

  • Eastern state of Bihar was hit with the thunderstorms over the last 24 hours  
  • More have been forecast in northern parts of the state today and tomorrow  
  • Hundreds of people in India are killed each year in thunderstorms in India 
  • Around 3,000 people were killed by lightning strikes in 2019 
  • The state’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar, has announced that 400,000 rupees (£4,154) will be given as compensation to families of those who died 

Lightning strikes have killed 20 people in just 24 hours across eight districts of India

The eastern Indian state of Bihar was hit with the thunderstorms and more have been forecast in northern parts of the state today and tomorrow. 

The state’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar, is asking residents to follow advice from disaster management authorities.  

The eastern Indian state of Bihar was hit with the thunderstorms and more have been forecast in northern parts of the state today and tomorrow. Stock picture

The eastern Indian state of Bihar was hit with the thunderstorms and more have been forecast in northern parts of the state today and tomorrow. Stock picture

Hundreds of people in India are killed each year in thunderstorms at the start of the monsoon season, which bring respite from the summer heat across the northern Indian plains. 

Almost 3,000 people were killed by lightning strikes in 2019, according to figures reported by TV channel Al Jazeera.

The year before, the southern state of Andhra Pradesh recorded a staggering 36,749 lightning strikes in just 13 hours, the BBC reported.

The state's chief minister, Nitish Kumar, is asking residents to follow advice from disaster management authorities. Stock picture

The state’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar, is asking residents to follow advice from disaster management authorities. Stock picture

Mr Kumar has announced that 400,000 rupees (£4,154) will be given as compensation to families of those who died, according to the Times of India. 

He has also ordered state officials to install lightning arresters – which stop lightning from striking something and instead divert the electricity into the ground where it disperses harmlessly. 

Lightning strikes are dramatically increasing in India and the country has recorded more than 18million of them between April 2020 and March 2021, according to Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council.  

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