89 killed in lightning strikes in Madhya Pradesh in 6 months: IMD

Indore, August 5

The IMD has alerted that because of the environmental adjustments, the specter of lightning throughout the present monsoon season has elevated in Madhya Pradesh, the place 89 individuals misplaced their lives resulting from lightning strikes within the first six months of this yr.

This determine of lightning strike victims within the state until June this yr is greater than what it was throughout your complete yr in 2019, an official stated.

“In the current monsoon season, the threat of lightning strikes has increased as compared to last year due to environmental changes,” India Meteorological Department (IMD) senior scientist, Vedprakash Singh Chandel, advised PTI on Wednesday.

“Because of this, the wind speed during thunderstorm and hailstorm was found significantly high,” he stated.

According to the official, within the final six months–from January to June–89 individuals had been killed in lightning strikes, as in comparison with 82 in total 2019.

Citing the figures of the final 30 years, Chandel stated, “Due to the environmental changes, extreme weather conditions prevailed in the state, which resulted in heavy and strong rains in shorter duration, while the days of incessant rains have decreased.”

He stated that the utmost impact of this was noticed in Jabalpur, Rewa and Shahdol divisions, whereas it was comparatively much less in Indore and Hoshangabad divisions. In the remainder of the state, it had reasonable impact.

The senior scientist stated that due to heavy rains with thunderstorms, the specter of timber and weak buildings collapsing has additionally elevated.

After the Met division’s warning, the state catastrophe administration authority has beneficial fixing of lightning conductors on the constructing which can be three-storey or above.

It additionally urged the federal government to ship alerts issued by the IMD as much as the panchayat degree, in order that possibilities of lack of life and property resulting from lightning will get decreased. PTI

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