An old woman died in Patna and four children were charred to death in Bagusarai district of Bihar.

In Patna, huts of around 66 families were destroyed as flames swept through them, killing70-year-old Rukmini Devi. The fire, an official said, started around noon from a nearby stall selling fritters.

The family of the deceased will get a compensation of Rs.1.5 lakh. Each of the families who lost their households will receive Rs.4,200 and 50 kg of rice and wheat each.