A fire in Bihar’s Darbhanga district today left over 700 houses gutted, two elderly persons dead and several others injured.
District Magistrate Chandrashekhar Singh said the fire blazed in Khaparpura, Kolhanda, Patori and Ramtol villages under Hanuman Nagar block, and the houses, mostly thatched structures, were totally destroyed.
Two elderly persons, Suresh Chaudhary and Parvati Devi succumbed to heart attack apparently unable to bear loss of their property in the fire, he said adding, seven others sustained injuries.

About half a dozen cattle were also charred to death, Singh said adding, he along with relief and rescue teams were camping at the affected villages.
Food packets were being distributed among the affected people, while damage to properties was assessed for distribution of ex-gratia among them, the DM said.

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