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21 Dead, 7 Injured In lightning, Rain-Related Incidents In Bihar

Most of the victims were those working in agricultural fields.

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PATNA (Bihar): Lightning and other rain-related incidents have claimed 21 lives in Bihar. Seven others were injured in the state during the past 24 hours.

Highest casualties of 5 were reported from Gaya district followed by four in Saran. Remaining 12 persons died in six districts including Patna, Jamui and Darbhanga. The injured are being treated at local hospitals.

Most of the victims were those working in agricultural fields.


Governor Phagu Chauhan and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar have expressed grief over the loss of lives. The Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees each to the next of kin of the deceased. He has also ordered free treatment to the injured.

Weathermen have cautioned people to remain vigilant as more rain and lightning are expected during the next 24 hours in different parts of the state. People have been advised to remain indoors during bad weather.

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Zoram Mega Food Park In Mizoram To Create 5,000 Jobs, Benefit 25,000 Farmers

It will provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers.

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AIZAWL (Mizoram): The Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated a mega food park in Mizoram on July 21, 2020, that will benefit around 25,000 farmers and generate around 5,000 job opportunities. The Minister virtually inaugurated the park in the presence of Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Rameswar Tel and DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh and other senior Ministers of Mizoram.

The Zoram Mega Food Park is expected to immensely benefit farmers of the north-eastern state, which has an abundance of unique varieties of fruits and vegetables. Further, the modern infrastructure for food processing will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Mizoram and adjoining areas immensely. The food park will also give a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state.

The 55-acre Zoram food park is located at Khamrang village in Kolasib District, Mizoram. It is promoted by Zoram Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd.


It is the first mega food park operationalized in Mizoram. It is expected to provide direct and indirect employment up to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the core processing centre (CPC) and primary processing Centre(PPC) catchment areas.

The Zoram mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 75 crore. It is expected to leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crore in about 30 food processing units in the park and would eventually lead to an annual turnover of about Rs 450-500 Crores.

The Park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 03 Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) at Champhai, Thingfal and Thenzawlhaving facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms in the catchment area to benefit farmers.


Till now, a total of 88 ministry-supported food processing projects have been sanctioned in the North Eastern Region, among which 41 have been implemented. The projects worth approximately Rs 1,000 crore have been sanctioned with subsidy support of around Rs 520 crore.

According to the Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, when the 88 projects get fully completed, they would create processing and preservation capacity of about 8.66 lakh tonnes to handle agro produce worth Rs 2,166 crore.

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India Has Received Six Per Cent More Rainfall Than Normal So Far

IMD has predicted fairly widespread rainfall in northwest India during the next three days.

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NEW DELHI: The Country has received six per cent more rainfall than normal so far in this monsoon season, but precipitation in parts of north India remains deficient.

The India Meteorological Department said that rainfall has been more than normal in the south peninsula, central India, and east and northeast India divisions.

But the northwest India division, which covers Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan, has recorded a 19 per cent deficiency.


IMD has predicted fairly widespread rainfall in northwest India during the next three days.

Isolated extremely heavy downpours are also very likely over Assam and Meghalaya during the next three days and over Bihar during the next 24 hours.

With the national capital Delhi receiving heavy rains yesterday, the overall precipitation in the city in this month is now in the surplus category — eight per cent more than normal.


In Uttar Pradesh, light to moderate rains accompanied with thunderstorm occurred at a few places yesterday.

The weather office has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over the state today. Rain and thundershowers are very likely at most places over the state tomorrow.

In Himachal Pradesh, several places received light to moderate rainfall during the past 24 hours.

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130 People Dead In UP And Bihar Due To Lightning Strikes

Most of the casualties are farmers who were doing agriculture-related works in fields.

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LUCKNOW/PATNA: In Bihar, the death toll in lightning and rain-related incidents in 25 districts of the state during the last 24 hours has reached 106 while 56  others have been injured. Most of the casualties are farmers who were doing agriculture-related works in fields.

Thirteen people died in Gopalganj, eight each lost their lives in Madhubani and Nawada, six each in Siwan and Bhagalpur, five each in East Champaran, Darbhanga and Banka, three each in Khagaria and Aurangabad, two each in West Champaran, Kishanganj, Jehanabad, Jamui, Purnia, Supaul, Buxar and Kaimur and one each in Samastipur, Sheohar, Saran, Sitamarhi and Madhepura,” state Principal Secretary (Disaster Management) Pratyaya Amrit said.

In Gopalganj district, the deceased were residents of Barauli, Manjha, Vijaipur, Uchkagaon and Kateya areas. The lightning struck when they were working in their farms. Gopalganj Sadar Hospital, where the injured were brought for treatment, had a flooded emergency ward. District Magistrate Arshad Aziz said seven people were admitted to the hospital, and added that compensation will be provided to the kin of the deceased.


In Madhubani, eight of a family were killed in villages under Phulparas and Benipatti police station limits. In East Champaran district, among other deaths was a 14-year-old girl killed in a lightning strike in Surendra village under Raxaul police station limits.

The Met department has forecast heavy rain and lightning in the next three days in different parts of the state. The people have been advised to remain indoors during this period. The state government has appealed to people to take all necessary precautions during turbulent weather.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees to the next of kin of the deceased. He has ordered free treatment to injured people.


Similarly, in the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, at least 24 persons were killed and 12 others injured due to lightning yesterday. AIR Correspondent reports that as per the report of the Relief Commissioner of the state, 9 casualties were reported from Deoria district where 6 persons were also injured in incidents of lightning.

Six persons lost their lives in Prayagraj while there are reports of 3 deaths in Ambedkarnagar, 2 in Barabanki and one each death in Kushinagar, Fatehpur, Balrampur and Unnao districts. Those who lost their lives were either working in their farms or had taken shelter under trees during the lightning strike.

Nine of them died in Deoria district. “Amid rain and thunderstorms, 24 people have died due to lightning strikes in various districts of the state today – one in Kushinagar, one in Fatehpur, one in Unnao, nine in Deoria, two in Barabanki, six in Prayagraj, three in Ambedkar Nagar and one in Balrampur,” Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the deaths and has announced ex-gratia of 4 lakhs for the families of the deceased. He also ordered officials to provide proper medical care to the injured and help the families of victims of this natural calamity immediately.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives due to heavy rains and lightning strikes in some districts of Bihar and UP.


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