Muzaffarpur : Five persons including two children were killed in Muzaffarpur, 27 were injured, 87 houses blown away, 20 electric poles and 19 telephone poles were broken and more than 100 trees were uprooted in gusty wind and heavy rain that lashed Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj and East Champaran districts of north Bihar on Sunday evening. A Peepal tree uprooted and fell on the engine of Garib Rath express at Ujiarpur station in Samastipur district on Barauni –Samastipur section of East Central Railway (ECR).
Muzaffarpur DM Dharmendra Singh said financial relief have been given to all the affected families. Bansi Mahato and Akhilesh Kumar of village Chiknauta, Bachcha Rai of Joukanhi, Amrita Kumari of Baruraj , Golu Kumar of Verihari were killed in house collapse in Muzaffarpur district, according to an official information. In East Champaran district seven persons were injured at Patahi, Adapur and Sangrampur as branches of trees fell on them. Four persons were injured in Gopalganj. Large numbers of electric and telephone poles were broken in Muzaffarpur and Samastipur districts, according to official sources.
The Garib Rath express was stranded at Ujiarpur for sometime as a peepal tree fell on its engine but no one was hurt, said Railway sources. The government has asked authorities concerned to assess the damage and asked the respective DMs to send report .