Kishanganj: Six persons, including two women and as many girls, were killed and over 50 others injured in a thunderstorm at Balwatoli in Bihar's Kishanganj district.

The thunderstorm accompanied by cyclonic wind and hailstorm struck the area on Tuesday trapping the inhabitants under its fury killing six persons, while over 50 others sustained injuries, Disaster Management Additional Collector Shatrughan Chaudhary said.

Of the dead, five of them were identified as Chameli Begum (10), Navolal Ram, his son Neeraj Kumar, Mando Devi, Samukta Khatun, he said.

The injured were admitted to hospitals, Chaudhary said.

The thunderstorm also caused largescale devastation in the area damaging several houses, he said.

An ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh will be paid to the kin of the victims and Rs 10,000 will be given those whose houses have been damaged, the Assistance Collector said.

(Agencies)

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