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    Posted by Sreenivasulu Angayreddy  on 23 June 2022 at 10:15 AM

    In India, lightning kills about 2,000-2,500 people every year and more than 96% of lightning deaths happen in rural areas. Discuss what is lightening and what are the initiatives taken by the government regarding lightening strikes?

    UPSC World replied 9 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • UPSC World

    23 June 2022 at 10:20 AM

    Did you know 17 people have been killed by lightning over the last two days in various parts of different states?

    • Lightning is a very rapid and massive discharge of electrification in the atmosphere, some of which is directed toward the earth’s surface.
    • The discharges are generated in giant moisture-bearing clouds that are 10-12 km tall and temperatures at the top of these clouds are in the range of -35° to-45°C.
  • Lightning is not classified as a natural disaster in India.
  • Initiatives

    1. India Meteorological Department issues forecast and warning thunderstorms and associated weather phenomena five days in advance.
    2. Damini lightning app by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (ITM) Pune for monitoring all lighting activity.
    3. National Disaster Management Authority advisory to state government and UTs like:
    • Mapping lightning-affected zones based on data of deaths and data of lightning incidence.
    • Effective Early Warning System, inter-agency coordination and communication, capacity building and training, etc.

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