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Lightening kills 3 youth in Khammam District

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Lightening kills 3 youth in Khammam District
October 09
10:08 2019

Three people were killed and one sustained injury when lightning struck them here on Tuesday. The incident occurred when the three friends were sitting under a tree and celebrating the Dasara festival at the Mudigonda area in Khammam district. Lightning strikes are common in India from June to September during heavy monsoons, according to the BBC. At least 2027 people have died in lightning strikes in the country since 2005, according to government records. A trainee cricketer died young in 2018 when a bolt of lightning during a routine warm-up session struck him, shocking many. In the same year, 14 people were killed in 41,025 lightning strikes in Andhra Pradesh. Unusual weather events are deviations from long-term averages, including heat waves, cold waves, extreme precipitation (rainfall, snowfall and the like), lightning and tropical cyclones. These makeup about 25% of all accidental deaths due to natural causes them, phenomena grouped under lightning (hailstorm, the lightning itself and dust storm) kill more people in India than any other extreme weather phenomena. An underestimated hazard, lightning caused the most number of deaths (40%), followed by extreme rainfall (24%) and unseasonably warm weather (20%) and extreme cold (15%) in India during the period, according to a study. It was only in 2015, that the Fourteenth Finance Commission, recommended states to include state-specific disasters, including lightning and heatwaves, in their eligible list of disasters for funding support from the State Disaster Response Fund. States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and West Bengal were hit the hardest by extreme weather and lightning during southwest monsoons.

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