9 killed as India state records 36,749 lightning strikes in 13 hours

 
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New Delhi, April 26 (TNS): At least nine people killed in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh which recorded 36,749 lightning strikes in just a 13-hour period last Tuesday, Indian officials say on Thursday.

The number is unusually high and the result of “extreme weather patterns”, according to the the state disaster management authority.

Nine people, including a nine-year-old girl, have been killed in the state by lightning strikes since Tuesday.

Lightning strikes are common in India during heavy monsoon rains.

The season typically begins in June and lasts until September. However, this particular region usually sees increased lightning activity before the monsoon begins, Kishan Sanku, who runs the state emergency operation centre, told the BBC.

Tuesday’s bout of lightning is being considered an anomaly because data from last year shows that there were some 30,000 lighting strikes throughout the entire month of May in the same region.

Some scientists believe that global warming will significantly increase the frequency of lightning strikes.

Courtesy: BBC