Vishakapatnam: Despite improvements in technology and weather forecasting, lightning kills an average of 100 people every year in Andhra Pradesh. Beach areas often see a lot of lights, because they are close to the sea.
Lightning has continued to be one of the leading causes of death due to natural disasters in the country for the past two years. It can be avoided when the first information is published.
In Andhra Pradesh, 377 people died due to lightning between 2018 and 2021, according to NCRB data on non-fatalities. While most of these deaths were in rural pockets, 5 to 6 percent were in urban areas, the report said.
About six out of ten people die under trees in heavy rain, thunder, and lightning. They were cut down when the trees were struck by lightning.
In May-2018, 14 people were killed by lightning in AP in a single day, probably the highest number of deaths due to lightning. In April-2020, 10 people were killed by lightning in three districts in one day, according to the AP state disaster management authority.
On Saturday, three farmers in Vizianagaram district were killed by lightning. Lightning not only takes human life but also kills wildlife and livestock, injures people and causes extensive damage to property.
According to experts, people sleeping in pucca houses are better protected from lightning.
Electrical accidents are preventable. The disaster management authority, through its mobile app, has sent flash alerts to lakhs of mobile phone subscribers in the state. Although people would have received these warnings in the country of lightning about 45 minutes earlier, those deaths continued in the state, although “people did not take the necessary safety measures,” said the authority.
However, the farmers did not receive the tourists as they continued to work in the field, it seems.