Lightning death toll rises to 47 in Odisha, CM Naveen announces ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh

Published: 31st July 2016 10:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2016 07:32 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR/NABARANGPUR/DHENKANAL : WITH six more deaths, the toll  due to lightning rose to 47 in the State on Sunday. While Dhenkanal reported four deaths, two persons died in Nabarangpur district. In Nabarangpur district, Usha Soura (30) of Turunji village in  Nandahandi block and Ramsingh Gond (60) of Mangarapalli village in Raighar block died when they were struck by lightning  while they were working in their paddy fields.


Seven women of Turunji village  of Nandahandi block, who were injured in the incident, were admitted to District Headquarters Hospital and Tentulikhunti  Community Health Centre. Their condition is stated to be stable. In Dhenkanal district, four  persons died and eight others sustained burn injuries after being struck by lightning. The victims belonged to Ganjeidihi, Saurali Santhasara and Kalamati villages. All of them were working  in their agricultural fields when the incident occurred. The injured have been admitted in different hospitals.

On Saturday, 41 persons were  killed and more than 40 injured in 12 districts. The casualties were reported from Bhadrak, Balasore, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara,  Keonjhar, Nayagarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Puri districts. Official sources, however, put the death toll at 41. An official at  the Odisha Disaster Management Control Room said the death toll due to lightning is considered to be the highest on a single day in the State. On June 2, eighteen  persons were killed and 15 injured in separate places.

Three northern Odisha districts  __ Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj __ were the worst hit. While Bhadrak recorded eight cases, seven deaths each  were reported from Balasore and Mayurbhanj, followed by six in Khurda, four each in Cuttack and Jajpur and two in Nayagarh.  Most of the cases were reported from the northern and coastal districts which also experienced heavy rainfall soon after the  lightning struck. Expressing grief over the deaths, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had directed the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) to immediately release  ex gratia of ` four lakh to each of the kin of the deceased as per the State relief  code.

Lightning seems to be one of  the biggest calamities in the State with over 300 persons dying every year. While 396 people were killed in 2015-16, 308 casualties were reported in 2014-15, 372 in 2013-14, 294 in 2012-13 and 359 in 2011-12.


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