At least 85 people have been killed by lightning and floods in the past few days across the country, reported PTI. Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha are the states worst affected by the extreme weather conditions. At least 68 lakh people have been displaced and tens of thousands have been left homeless, according to The Hindu.
In Assam, at least 26 people died in the floods till Saturday, reported dna. The administration has moved around 1.3 lakh people to relief camps while more than 16 lakh people have been affected in the state. The Army, National and State Disaster Response Force personnel are assisting rescue and relief efforts.
At least three people were killed in Meghalaya on Saturday after flood waters submerged the West Garo Hills. Two people were reported missing in the area. The Bihar government has declared two districts – East Champaran and Muzaffarpur – flood hit, according to PTI. At least 26 people have died so far in the state, where more than 26.19 lakh people have been affected by the floods.
As many as 100 houses have washed away because of river erosion near Farakka barrage in West Bengal. More than 22,000 people have been affected in the area, as 31 villages remain submerged in the flood waters of the Fullara river, reported News18.
Odisha registered 36 cases of death from lightning on Saturday, reported The Indian Express. The lightning strike also injured at least 37 people in the state. This is the maximum number of people who have killed by lightning strikes on a single day in Odisha.