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Lightning is a Bigger Killer than Earthquakes and Floods in India

Over 100 deaths were reported due to lightning on Tuesday in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh with 57 from Bihar alone.

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Lightning. Image source: www.noaanews.noaa.gov
  • In 2014, at least 2,582 people died in lightning strikes
  • Victims of lightning isn’t recognized by the national-level official disaster relief policy for providing proper compensation from the national calamity relief funds
  • Lightning strikes are going to get worse in the coming years due to global warming

Are you aware of the natural disaster that kills thousands every year? Well, if you are guessing it as earthquake or flood, then you are wrong for sure. Every year, over 2500 deaths per year, most of the villages are still unequipped to handle lightning. What’s worse?Lightning is not recognized as a natural disaster under the national-level official disaster relief policy for providing proper compensation to the families of victims from the national calamity relief funds.

Over 100 deaths were reported due to lightning on Tuesday, June 21, in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh with 57 from Bihar alone and an emergency meeting of the cabinet was quickly called in Bihar and compensation for victims was also announced. Rather than providing such compensations, a more regular provision at the national level in the calamity relief funds should be made available.

Lightning isn’t always fatal but the injuries from it can be very painful and specialized treatment must be provided immediately. So the policy-makers should not only keep the matter of compensation in mind but the facilities for proper medical care must also be provided so that some lives can be saved.

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The Institute of Land and Disaster Management and the Government of Kerala, had examined the data on the leading natural disasters for 45 years (1967-2012) and concluded that 39% of all deaths had been caused by lightning – compared to 18% by floods, says the Wire report.  In 2014, at least 2,582 people died in lightning strikes, according to the government.

According to thewire.in report, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, Orissa, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the Himalayan region are most affected by lightning and produce the highest number of deaths. Most of the victims are women and children.

With little or no protective steps taken against lightning in villages, it is the people living in the rural that is affected the most. Farmers, field workers, nomads and forest workers have been particularly vulnerable to death by lightning.

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“It is mentioned under ‘death due to natural causes’, implying that it affects everyone equally. Yet it affects the villagers most, and since most poor people still stay in villages, it affects the poor disproportionately. Those who work in the fields or have to go around with herds of cows and goats or have to go out into the forests are more likely to suffer. Easily several scores of people die due to this every year in rural districts.” said Dr. Yogesh Jain, who treats lightning victims at a rural hospital in Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh.

A lightning conductor. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Though natural disasters are predictable, it is hard to pinpoint where and when it will take place. Lightning can strike anywhere and anytime in the zone. Hence protective measures must be deployed wherever necessary. Lightning conductors should be readily available close to the areas more affected by lightning. The hospitals should be well-equipped to handle a significant number of patients. These precautions are necessary to save the lives of all those injured by lightning.

The lightning strikes are going to get worse in the coming years, say scientists. A team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, found that lightning would be expected to increase by about 12 percent per degree Celsius of warming which means about a 50 percent rise over the 21st century due to global warming.

-The report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • devika todi

    the statistics are shocking! the government should take provisions to ensure that the people in the rural areas are well equipped to deal with lightning.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Recently around forty persons lost their lives due to lightening. It is better to take appropritae measures during lightening.

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Delhi Govt Issues Advisory for Spraying Pesticides to Deal With Locust Attack

Delhi government will also run awareness programmes regarding the same threat

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The threat of locusts is increasing in North India. Pixabay

To deal with the attack of locusts in the national capital, the Delhi government has issued an advisory for spraying pesticides, Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.

Rai said in view of the increasing threat of locusts in north India, the Agriculture Department of the Delhi government will run awareness programmes to make the people and farmers of Delhi aware of this new threat.

“Also, the Delhi Government has issued advisory on spraying pesticides and its quantity,” Rai tweeted.

The circular was issued in order to prevent a probable attack in Delhi by a swarm of locusts, which are reportedly present in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“All concerned authorities are hereby advised to take preventive measures to control and eradicate the locusts to avoid devastating effect on standing agricultural and horticultural crops, vegetation, plants, gardens, orchard etc. in Delhi,” the circular said.

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“Also, the Delhi Government has issued advisory on spraying pesticides and its quantity,” Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai tweeted. Wikimedia Commons

It directed that awareness programmes be organised for the public and farmers to prevent and control any such invasion by locusts in Delhi.

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“As the swarm usually fly in day time, and rest during night time therefore the locusts should not be allowed to rest especially during night,” it said.

The circular added that the authorities may carry out spraying of insecticides or pesticides during the night.

The chemicals suggested for spraying were Malathion 50% EC; Malathion 25% WP; Chlorpyrifos 20 % EC; and Chlorpyrifos 50 % EC. (IANS)

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The stock of Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO is worth $4.1 billion. Pixabay

Do you wonder whats the salary package of Disney CEO Bob Iger or Netflix CEO Reed Hastings? Well, the 2019 compensation for eight big media chiefs was up to $285.7 million, but that number might change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as per celeb news.

According to variety.com, a typical employee at AT&T, Comcast, Discovery, Disney, Fox, Lionsgate, Netflix or ViacomCBS would approximately take 410 years to match the “$37.6 million median size of the packages paid to each CEO last year”.

It stated that the 2019 compensation for eight big media chiefs officially add up to $285.7 million. But the total ignored the stock holdings.

“Hastings’ Netflix stock is worth $4.1 billion and has appreciated $1.1 billion since the beginning of 2020,” it pointed out, saying that he got $38.6 million as 2019 compensation. Fox’s Rupert Murdoch collected $5 million at News Corp. Fox paid Murdoch $42.2 million in 2019. Iger’s 2019 package was worth $47.5 million and Comcast’s Brian Roberts made $36.4 million.

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The 2019 compensation for eight big media chiefs including Disney CEO Bob Iger, officially adds up to $285.7 million. Wikimedia Commons

Discovery’s President and CEO David Zaslav’s 2019 compensation was $ 45.8 million, Lionsgate’s CEO Jon Feltheimer got $ 6.6 million and ViacomCBS’s CEO and President Robert Bakish made $ 36.6 million.

But the packages are set to be altered with COVID-19 crisis, and a wave of recession, layoffs and furloughs setting in.

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“Change is coming,” said Rosanna Landis Weaver, program manager of shareholder advocacy group As You Sow, adding: “There’s a lot of populist outrage over this, and this level of inequality is destabilising.”

The report pointed out that while many top executives did forgo their salaries during the crisis, “but not the bonuses and stock awards that account for the bulk of their compensation”.

Charles Elson, director of the University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, said: “Companies may emerge from this and shrink their workforces. But somehow I think media executive salaries will return to normal.” (IANS)

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Health Ministry reveals that there are 64% males among COVID-19 fatalities

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There are said to be 64 per cent deaths in males and 36 per cent in females, according to an analysis of COVID deaths in India. Pixabay

There are at least 64 per cent deaths in males and 36 per cent in females, revealed an analysis of COVID deaths in India, a Health Ministry document said on Thursday.

The analysis further indicated that, in terms of age distribution, 0.5 per cent deaths are reported in less than 15 years of age group, 2.5 per cent in 15-30 years age group, 11.4 per cent in 30-45 years age group, 35.1 per cent in 45-60 years age group and 50.5 per cent in people above 60 years of age.

Further, 73 per cent of the death cases had underlying co-morbidities. Elderly people (above 60 years of age) and people having co-morbidities are identified as high risk groups for COVID-19.

According to the Union Health Ministry data, at least 3,435 individuals so far have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in India.

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The analysis revealed that 35.1 per cent deaths are reported in 45-60 years age group. Pixabay

The Health Ministry stated that the case mortality rate in India is 3.06 per cent, as against the global average of 6.65 per cent. The ministry attributed the outcome to its efforts towards timely case identification and proper clinical management of the cases.

India currently has 63,624 cases under active medical supervision. Of these, approximately 2.94 per cent cases are in the ICU, said the Health Ministry.

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“A total of 45,299 patients are cured of COVID-19. A total of 3,002 COVID-19 patients have been reported cured in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is improving continuously and is 40.32 per cent presently,” it added.

In addition, it advised that community awareness, personal hygiene, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and environmental sanitation are the most important tools to combat COVID-19.

“Face covers and masks should be used in public places and physical distancing should be followed. Large gatherings should be avoided. Individuals in high risk groups should stay at home except for essential and health purposes,” said the Health Ministry. (IANS)