Lightning Toll 280

A total of 280 persons have lost their lives in Odisha after being struck by lightning in the five months since April. The deaths occurred in 29 of all 30 districts.

According to Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Sources Ganjam and Mayurbhanj districts reported the highest number of 30 deaths each.
Both the districts were followed by 24 deaths in Balasore, 17 in Bhadrak, 16 in Keonjhar, 15 each in Jajpur and Kendrapara, 13 in Koraput, 12 in Nabarangpur, and 11 each in Dhenkanal, Cuttack and Bargarh.

Among the other districts, eight persons were killed in Sundargarh, while seven each in Angul, Kalahandi, Khordha and Nuapada, six in Puri, five each in Balangir and Sambalpur, four in Nayagarh, three each in Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Jharsuguda, Kandhamal and Rayagada, two in Deogarh and one each in Boudh and Malkangiri.
 No death was reported from Subarnapur district.    
A total of 206 (73.57%) of those killed were male while 74 were (26.43%) female. Most of the 92 (32.86%) deaths occurred in the month of June.

It was followed by 88 (31.43%) deaths in July, 28 (10%) in August (so far) and eight (2.86%) in April.
A total of 157 or 56.07% of those killed belong to the age group between 15 and 45, while another 72 or 25.71% to the age group between 46 and 60.

 A total of 27 children (9.64%) upto the age of 14 died due to lightning. Another 24 persons (8.57%) who were killed were aged 61 and above.
At least 94 persons (33.57%) were struck by lightning when they were working in paddy fields. Another 59 persons (21.07%) and 40 persons (14.29%) were struck when they were near their house and open fields respectively. 8.21% people died while they were inside the house.
Lightning struck 33 persons (11.79%) as they stood under trees and 23 persons (8.21%) as they were travelling on the road.

Four persons were killed while they were bathing in ponds or tube wells. Another three died while riding bikes and one person died while standing on the roof top.

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