Lightning deaths on the rise
At least 13 related to lightning deaths have been recorded during the
last several months in Sri Lanka.
In comparison, during the whole of 2009 only 10 deaths had been
recorded due to lightning. Lightning had also severely damaged property
and inflicted injuries on over 20 people causing long term disabilities
during the last two months.
Disaster Management Centre official said the latest spate of
incidents have occurred in Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura about a week ago
with three farmers killed by lightning while working in paddy fields.
Most deaths have occurred either while working in open spaces (like
paddy fields) or while loitering near water bodies such as lakes and
Met. Department Chief G. B. Samarasinghe told the Daily News that
although lightening was a normal occurrence during the current period
due to inter monsoonal conditions, it had aggravated due to changing
The on and off rainy conditions, experienced during March and April
allowed cotton wool like thunder clouds to develop which were of a
vigorous and intense nature, he added.
However, he expressed confidence that the South-West monsoon would
break at the end of this week as expected and this would ease the
prevailing intensity related to lightning.
He said deaths and related hazards could be avoided through
Meanwhile Bandara Vipulasena, our Vavuniya Central Special Corr.
reported that several houses were damaged in Mamaduwa, Vavuniya and two
pregnant cows killed after being struck by lightning during heavy
thunder showers experienced in Vavuniya yesterday.
Several electricity wires were damaged by uprooted trees disrupting
electricity supply to several areas in Vavuniya.
Farmers in the area have also been affected due to damage caused to
the paddy crop by continuous rains.
Despite the rains, the areas in the North are experiencing a high
rate of humidity these days.