The increasing threat of lightning strikes

  • Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning strikes (usually in the pre-monsoon and monsoon months) are the single largest killers among natural disasters in India, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.
  • Lightning strikes have killed at least 2,000 people every year in India since 2004, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD)

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Because surface temperature and moisture levels have increased significantly in recent years. The increasing moisture level provides favourable conditions for the development of thunder clouds and collision of ice particles leads to charging and lightning strikes.

How Odisha is addressing the issue:
Odisha has reduced lightning deaths by installing arresters

Point to be taken into consideration:

The early warning messages must be in local languages and all communication mediums must be used.
States should undertake lightning micro-zoning for regions, depending on their geography, to handle disaster and death risks better.
Adequate systems and channels that disseminate information effectively to save lives and property must be put in place.

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