Patna: In a deadly early Tuesday morning thunderstorm, at least 20 people were reported dead from across the state as reports of properties and structure damages continued to pour in throughout the day making it one of the most devastating 120-second squalls in the history of Bihar.
A pontoon bridge in Danapur that connected Patna with the northern parts of Bihar also broke apart under strong wind and water current causing much inconvenience to commuters from both sides.
Pratyaya Amrit, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management, said the casualties were mostly the result of collapsing walls and ceilings, trees, and also lightning in many areas including Patna, Supaul, Darbhanga, Madhubani, and Araria.
The administration has announced Rs. 4 lakh to the victims of the thunderstorm, Amrit said.
Patna'ites on Tuesday woke up to loud thunder rumblings followed by the loss of power and sound of collapsing walls and thatched roofs. Those who were unfortunate enough to be on the roads were forced run for cover as trees and electric poles made crackling sound with wind gushing over 85 kmph making it nearly impossible to walk or drive.
As a result, several trains were either delayed or canceled along with a few flights at the Patna Airport.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS