Expert stresses vigorous safety campaign to survive from lightening
Published : Monday, 6 July, 2020 at 1:05 PM Count : 173
As the monsoon begins here, an eminent environmental expert suggested launching massive campaign across India as how to survive from lightening that claims more than 2,000 lives and damages properties in the country annually.
“Since most of the people do not know how to survive from lighting, the authorities concerned have to launch vigorous campaign across the country to make people aware of their personal safety measurers during lightening,” said renowned environmental expert Dr.Monoronjon Sinha, reports BSS.
Dr. Sinha from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, however, opined that creating a data base on people’s personal safety and the states have to be encouraged in this regard.
He said, “Since we could not find any scientific solution to protect ourselves from lightening, we have to put emphasis on our personal protective measurers”.
The personal protective measures include seeking shelter inside a large building or a car, get out of wide, open spaces and stay away from exposed hilltops as well as do not take shelter beneath tall or isolated trees, he added.
He said although lightening is global phenomena, it however, emerges as a big threat in India as killing in lightening in the country increases in an alarming level during the last 20 years.
When asked, he said that the major reason behind the large number of deaths is the large number of people working outdoors in India compared to other parts of the world, which makes them more vulnerable.
According to data provided by Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC), an organization working on environment issue, more than 142 people died in lightening in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh last week.
Official data, however, said that more than 2,300 people were killed by lightning in India in 2018 and at least 2,000 people have died in lightning strikes every year since 2005.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), India currently has 28 states and nine union territories, of which 22 are disaster-prone areas.