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As lightning claims 83 lives, Bihar govt urges people to download Indravajra app for thunderbolt predictions

Thunderstorms and lightning in 25 districts of Bihar on Thursday left 83 dead in the state and caused widespread damage to properties. As the death toll from the lightning climbed to 83, the state Disaster Management Department (DMD) has once again urged the people in the state to download the Indravajra mobile app for thunderbolt predictions.

The Indravajra app was introduced by the DMD to warn people that an area could be hit by thunderbolts.

The Disaster Management Department had introduced the early warning system with the help of US-based Earth Networks by signing an MoU in August 2019. It had also entered into a pact with Bangalore-based Qihou Solutions for early alerts through the app.

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The cost of the warning system and transmission of mobile alerts is being borne by the chief minister’s relief fund. The app issues thunderbolts warning at least 40 minutes before their occurrence.

Disaster Management Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit has also spoken to all 38 district magistrates and asked them to be proactive in spreading the word about the mobile app.

According to inputs, 13 people died in Gopalganj, nine in Purnia, eight each lost their lives in Madhubani, Bhagalpur, Aurangabad and Nawada, seven in Siwan, five each in East Champaran, Darbhanga, and Banka, three each in Khagaria and Jamui, two each in West Champaran, Samastipur Kishanganj, Jehanabad, Sitamarhi, Supaul, Kaimur and Buxar and one each in Sheohar, Saran, Madhepura, Saharsa and Araria.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his condolences for the loss of lives and declared a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appealed to the people of the state to remain alert and stay indoors as far as possible during bad weather conditions. He also asked them to follow advisories issued by the Disaster Management Department in this regard.

The CM said financial help to those who lost animals and cattle was also being extended.

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