Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lightning Strikes Kill 66 in India. Authorities say the death tolls are likely to rise

At least 66 people were killed by lightning in India in a 24 hour period Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forty-six deaths were in the northern state of Bihar, where 22 more were left injured. Twenty more were killed in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh.

The disaster management secretary of Bihar, Viyas Ji, said the state will provide $5,900 to the families of those who lost their lives in the storm.

Authorities say the death tolls are likely to rise as reports continue to come in from rural areas.

Farmers are most often the victims of lightning strikes in India, which are common in the monsoon season.

India receives 80% of its annual rainfall during the monsoon season, generally between June and September.


  1. At least 93 people have been killed and more than 20 injured by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, officials say...

    Most of the people who died were working on farms during torrential rains on Tuesday, reports said.

    Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains.

    Fifty-six people died in Bihar while 37 people were killed across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkand and Madhya Pradesh....BBC

  2. Bangladesh has seen a near-record number of deaths this year from a phenomenon that appears to be worsening with climate change: lightning strikes...

    So far this year, 261 people have died from lightning in the country, putting the South Asian nation on track to beat last year's 265 deaths. Most lightning deaths usually occur during the warm months of March to July.

    India has seen a similar surge in lightning deaths, with 93 people killed just in the past two days, officials said.

    The problem has prompted Bangladesh's government to add lightning strikes to the country's list of official types of disasters, which includes floods, cyclones and storm surges, earthquakes, drought and riverbank erosion, among others.

    As a result, the government now compensates lightning strike victims or their families with sums between 7,500 and 25,000 taka ($95 to $310). Through mid-May the government had paid 1.5 million taka ($18,400) in claims this year to families of 81 people who died because of


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