20 people are killed by lightning in an Indian state.


In just one day, lightning strikes in the eastern Indian state of Bihar claimed the lives of 20 individuals in eight different districts.

For Wednesday and Thursday, more thunderstorms with lightning are expected in the state's north.

Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, has urged citizens to carefully heed the state's disaster management authority's recommendations.

Every year during the monsoon season, hundreds of people pass away in India due to lightning strikes.

The fact that there are more people working outside in India than in other countries of the world makes them more exposed, which is one of the explanations given for the high death toll.

Mr. Kumar declared on Tuesday that each deceased person's family would receive 400,00 rupees ($5,008; £4,154) in compensation.

According to The Times of India newspaper, the chief minister requested state officials install lightning arresters at all public facilities, including schools and hospitals, during a meeting last week.

According to the paper, the state is particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes during the monsoon because of its geographic location.

The BBC reported in February of this year that there have been a lot more lightning strikes in India recently.
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology's collection of satellite data also reveals that between 1995 and 2014, attacks "grew substantially."

During the period of April 2020 to March 2021, India saw more than 18 million lightning strikes, according to a report by the nonprofit Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council. This was an increase of 34% over the same time last year.

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