UPDATED 7:20 PM PT – Thursday, July 28, 2022
At least 49 people are dead after lightning strikes a village in India. Authorities reported on Thursday that the high death toll has prompted the government to issue new guidelines for how people can protect themselves during a lightning storm. The chief minister of Bihar has called on citizens to follow the state’s safety procedures to avoid injury or death. Additionally, victim’s families will receive compensation equivalent to $5,000 each.
“Follow the advisory issued by the disaster management department from time to time for being safe during lightning,” Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar said. “Stay indoors and safe during bad weather.”
The high death toll has prompted the government to issue new guidelines for how people can protect themselves during a lightning storm, said state government spokesperson Shishir Singh.
“People are dying more from lightning than rain-related incidents, though this is the time when people typically die of floods or other rain-related incidents,” Singh voiced.
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Experts noted that the state’s geographical location makes it easy for lightning strikes to occur during monsoon storms. One of the main contributing factors to India’s growing deaths from extreme weather is the high number of people who work outdoors in rural and urban areas.
Officials noted that lightning strikes kill more than 2,500 Indians on average every year.