Eighty-three people were killed by lightning strikes in north-eastern India, said CNN citing a state government report.
According to Bihar’s Disaster Management Department, the Gopalganj district saw the highest death toll, with thirteen people killed.
While the rest of the deaths were recorded in twenty-two separate areas across the state, said the report. Click here to read more.
All of the accounted deaths happened on Thursday.
In India, the standard compensation for death by lightning strike is $5,300.
Sandeep Kumar, an official at Bihar’s Disaster Management Department, said they had compensated the families of the victims.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, tweeted that there was “tragic news.”
The districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, in northern India, have both suffered from heavy rains and lightning.
The state governments had done the urgent relief work.
“I express my condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in this disaster.”
-Prime Minister Modi
The Indian and the South Asian region both receive a surprisingly large number of lightning fatalities.
India’s National Crime Record Bureau said there were 2,885 deaths attributed to lightning in 2017 and 2,357 in 2018, the latest year for which data is available.
CNN compared the death blamed on lightning in the US.
According to the National Weather Service, there were only twenty deaths related to lightning in the US in 2019.
The report said the usual victims of lightning strikes are farmers.
This is because they are out in the fields just as the monsoon rains arrive.
Adding farmers wanted to cut it as close as possible to the start of the rains.
Citing that if they seed too early and it is still hot, the crop will die. But if it’s too close to the onset they are vulnerable in open fields during thunderstorms.