As per reports, lightning struck near the near the Brahmakund at Har Ki Pauri following which a transformer caught fire and 80-foot wall caved in.

As per the IMD's local weather report and forecast for New Delhi-Safdarjung, the maximum temperature on July 18 was recorded at 36.4 degrees Celsius and maximum temp at 29.3 degrees Celsius.

Rain, thundershowers and lightning are very likely at isolated places over Mirzapur, Sonbhadra districts and adjoining areas.

26 people died due to lightning strikes in the state - six in Patna, four in East Champaran, seven in Samastipur, three in Katihar, two each in Shivhar and Madhepura and one each in Purnia and West Champaran districts.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Rs 4 lakhs each for the families of deceased. Authorities have appealed to people to stay indoors during rains and not stand beneath the trees.

The Chief Minister has directed the officers to provide relief and help the affected people with the utmost urgency.

Ten police personnel got injured in Patna on Tuesday night after a tree fell on a police building meant for magazine storage and on an adjacent tent that was set up for them, following heavy rainfall in the city.

New Delhi: Thunderstorms and lightning have claimed 53 lives in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh during the last 24 hours. In...