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9 May, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Lightning strike fatalities

According to analysts changes in global climate is mainly responsible for the increasing incidents of lightning and resultant fatalities

Three people, including a farmer, were killed in lightning strikes in Jessore and Gopalganj districts on Friday, according to a report in this newspaper on Sunday. It is worrying to note that incidents of lightning have increased alarmingly in the country in recent times. According to statistics, during the past seven years till April 22 last, 744 people were killed in lightning. The dead included women and children. On an average every year 117 people are killed in lightning. According to analysts changes in global climate is mainly responsible for the increasing incidents of lightning. 
Lightning mainly occurs during the summer and rainy seasons. During the summer season storm lashes the country leaving trails of devastations. There are instances of deaths of a number of people in a single lightning. It is a fact that men have no control over the freak of nature nor the ferocity of nature can be tamed. But by taking precautions lives can be saved. The government, the NGOs and the media can take serious efforts to launch campaign to make people aware of the dangers of lightning. A person in the open can save himself/herself from a strike if precaution is taken. It is a commonsense that during the stormy weather one should not remain outdoors, but at villages farmers work in the crop field as a necessity and they usually become victims of lightning. 
Everybody should be cautious as to what they should do during inclement weather, but the farmers must be made more cautious as they work in the open where there are no long trees. They should be taught that when a person is caught by lightning, the nearer he is to the ground, without lying down, he is more safe. Better it is one should at the earliest run to a safe shelter, before a lightning strikes. 
Palms and other long trees, which used to be common in the villages in the past used to absorb lightning; but as they are hard to come by now, there is this increase of deaths by lightning. It is heartening to note that the present government has taken adequate measures to minimize lightning. Some officials of the Disaster management department have received training in Vietnam. Besides, anti-lightning machines have been brought from Vietnam. Those will be installed in different places.    
What is needed now is massive tree plantation for protecting environment where we can live relatively safe. The issue of lightning should be taken seriously, calling it a new kind of disaster.            

 

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