Seven People In India Die Everyday Due To Lightning Strikes
Every year since 2005, on average 2,000 people in India have died due to lightning strikes.
At least sixty-four people have died since Tuesday, April 16th as rains, coupled with thunderstorms and lightning, swept through west, central and north India.
Lightning strikes, electrocution and tree falls caused most of the deaths. Rajasthan reported the maximum casualties with 25 deaths, Madhya Pradesh with 21 and Gujarat with 10, while three people died in Maharashtra.
Extreme weather events are unexpected, unusual, unpredictable, severe or unseasonal conditions, a deviation from long-term averages. These include heat waves, cold waves, extreme precipitation—the likes of rainfall and snowfall—lightning and tropical cyclones.
These make up about 25 per cent of all accidental deaths due to natural causes in India.
And among these, lightning—hailstorm and dust storms—kill more people than any other extreme weather events in India.
According to researchers at the Population Council in New Delhi, about five individuals per million died due to exposure to extreme events from 2001 to 2014. Lightning caused 40 per cent of these deaths, and is followed by extreme rainfall (24%) and unseasonably warm weather (20%) and extreme cold (15%) during that period.
Every year since 2005, on average 2,000 people in India have died due to lightning strikes. And in 2015, the number of deaths recorded by the NCRB was 2,641—that’s 7 deaths per day.
However, natural disasters like thunderstorms and lightning, squall, dust/hailstorm and strong winds—that kill the most is not even recognised by India’s official disaster relief policy.
This basically means that the families of victims are not entitled to financial compensation from the National Calamity Relief Fund.
However, some states like Maharashtra have classified lightning as a disaster in order to peovide a reasonable amount of compensation to the victims and their families after the Centre’s direction to allocate 10 per cent of their disaster relief fund towards state-specific disasters.