Bihar’s Disaster Management Department said the Gopalganj district saw the highest death toll, with 13 people killed. The rest of the deaths were recorded in 22 separate areas across the state.
All the deaths were recorded Thursday. A standard compensation of $ 5,300 has been initiated for all families who have loved ones, said Sandeep Kumar, an official at Bihar’s Disaster Management Department.
Economy deeply reliant on monsoon season
The deaths in India often occur among farmers, who head outside to prepare their fields just as the monsoon rains arrive. They want to cut it as close as possible to the start of the rains. For example, if they seed too early it is still hot and the crop will die, but if it’s too close to the onset they are vulnerable in open fields during thunderstorms.
India’s monsoon rains begin in its southern portions, usually around the beginning of June. They advance northward throughout the month, usually covering the whole country by early July.
This meeting onset came slightly ahead of schedule but wasn’t particularly unusual. So far in June, rainfall across the country has been about 20% above normal, with the largest amounts coming in Central India, according to India’s Meteorological Department ..
CNN’s Swati Gupta reports from New Delhi and Taylor Ward reports from Atlanta. Emma Reynolds wrote from London.