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Bihar storm toll rises to 44, maximum deaths in Purnea district

Two more persons died here today due to the severe Nor’wester which ravaged 12 districts of Bihar on Tuesday night, rising the toll to 44.

“Two more deaths have been reported from Purnea district taking the toll to 44 in the tropical storm in parts of Bihar,” Principal Secretary Disaster Management Vyas Jee told PTI.

Purnea bore the brunt with a maximum of 32 casualties, while seven lost their lives in Madhepura. The remaining deaths were reported from the other 10 affected districts, Vyas Jee said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made an aerial survey of the affected areas in Bhagalpur and neighbouring storm-ravaged locations this morning and held a meeting with officials at Bhagalpur, Chief Minister Office sources said.

Vyas Jee said the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the affected areas has been put off for tomorrow.

After telephonic talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Centre had promised all assistance and the Union Home Minister was expected in the state today.

Over 80 persons were seriously injured in the storm and undergoing treatment at various government hospitals, he said.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi today expressed profound grief at the human casualties and damage to dwellings in Seemanchal and Koshi regions of the state.

He asked the state government to pay Rs 4 lakh compensation to the family members of the victims immediately and take up relief and rehabilitation work expeditiously, a statement issued by Raj Bhawan said.

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