By Saad Alam Khan
Patna: Lightning claimed 22 lives in the state as heavy rains lashed northwest Bihar on Thursday. This was the second such tragic incident in just over a week. On June 25, in all 83 people were killed at different parts of the state because of lightning. This time six died in Patna, 4 in East Champaran, 3-each in Samastipur and Katihar, 2 each in Madhepur and Sheohar and one each in Purnia and West Champaran districts.
The Weather office forecasts more heavy rains and thunderstorm in the state till July 6. On Thursday, the maximum rainfall was recorded at Gaunaha (15 cm) followed by Ramnagar (10 cm), Chanpatia (7 cm). Bairgania and Bagha recorded 4 cm rainfall each.
Bihar has been on a weather alert as incessant rain continues. The situation can become alarming as four rivers in Bihar are flowing above danger levels in the north districts. Flood threat increases in parts of Muzaffarpur, Katihar, Purnia, Jhanjharpur in Madhubani and Sitamarhi because rivers Koshi, Bagmati, Kamala and Mahananda are flowing above danger level.
Already the state government has appointed several teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in highly sensitive areas.