Lightning kills 30 people in Maharashtra
5 October 2015, Nirapad News: At least 30 people were killed in different incident of lightning across the state from last 24 hours In Maharashtra. Heavy rains accompanied by thunder storms and lightning have been lashing since past three days in the state and it will result in increasing the level of water storage across the state.
Lightning is responsible for at least 10 percent of the total deaths caused by nature in most years in India and, according to the National Crime Records Bureau data, at least 2,000 deaths were associated with lightning every year since 2005.
Still, lightning is not categorized as a natural calamity, meaning affected people or their families are not eligible for compensation from the government unlike in the case of floods or earthquakes.
Within last 24 hours at least 14 people were killed when struck by lightning in Marathwada region. In Vidarbha, lightning claimed 8 including 5 in Nagpur district, three in Yavatmal and one from Wardha district. Most of those killed were farmers and farm labourers. Hailstorm lashed Chandur bazaar in Amravati district and damaged the standing crop.
In Nashik district lightning killed 3 while three of a family were killed when a bolt of lightning struck temple in Devdaithan in Jamkhed taluka of Ahamadnagar district.
Pune city was also lashed by heavy rains which increased the water level in the dams like Khadakwasala dam. All the four projects of Khadakwasala dam received more than 142 mm rainfall. The rains were so heavy that they flooded the canals and rivers within hours. Lightning struck some huts and destroyed them.
Metrological Department in Pune has predicted further heavy rains accompanied by thunders and lightning for the next two days in the state.