Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar on Friday praised and thanked prime minister Narendra Modi for 'very quick' response in the wake of the killer storm that battered the state.

"I want to thank the honourable Prime Minister and the honourable Home Minister for their assurance to provide help to disaster-hit Bihar. Central government's response was very quick. We are thankful to them", Kumar, who has had a rocky relationship with Modi, said in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh after conducting an aerial survey of nor'wester-hit areas.

The toll in the killer Nor'wester in Bihar rose to 55 with one more person dying today in the worst-hit Purnea district even as an alert has been sounded for north-eastern regions of the state about possibility of a thunder squall and rains.

BJP ministers at the Centre from Bihar Ravi Shankar Prasad and Radha Mohan Singh, who were part of the ministerial team despatched to the state to take stock of the situation, besides former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were present when Kumar showered praise on the Prime Minister.

The bonhomie was in evidence when they lunched together sharing the same table.

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