NEW DELHI, June 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 27 people were killed and 34 others injured after thunderstorms and lightning struck them at different places in India's eastern state of Bihar, officials said Saturday.
The casualties were reported from Saharsa, North Darbhanga, East Champaran and Samastipur districts of the state.
"In Bihar, death toll from thunderstorms and lightning has risen to 27. Maximum eight deaths have been reported from Saharsa district," an official posted in Patna said.
According to India's state-run broadcaster All India Radio, the local government has announced an compensation of 5,923 U.S. dollars to each family that lost its member in the calamity.
Reports said crops, including mango, litchi, and maize, have been damaged due to the storm.
Meanwhile, meteorological department officials have forecast thunderstorms and lightning in the next 48 hours in several parts of the state.
Last month, dust storms and thunderstorms accompanied by rains killed over 2200 people and injured more than 200 in five states in the country.