48 Dead, More than 100 Harmed as Tempest Hitters Bihar

Over 80 people were seriously injured in the storm and are being treated at various government hospitals, it said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made an aerial survey of Bhagalpur and neighbouring storm hit area this morning and held a meeting with officials at Bhagalpur, CMO sources said.

He said there was no forecast about the storm which took the state by surprise and left a trail of devastation.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would tour the affected districts by air tomorrow, according to the Principal Secretary to the Disaster Management Department, Vyas Jee.

After telephonic talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister, the Centre had promised all assistance, official sources 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.