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Fri, 05/09/2014 12:00 PM Killed girl and brother  0.0  Barpathari village South Tipura 
Agartala: Two persons including a teenaged girl died and many houses collapsed and over 200 people were displaced from homes after a cyclone, accompanied by hail storms, lashed two districts of Tripura, official sources said on Friday. A 16-year old girl was killed and her younger brother injured when lightning struck at Barpathari village in South Tripura district yesterday when they had gone to collect mangoes. A farmer also also killed in lightning strike at Kachucherra village in Dhalai district yesterday when he had gone out to bring back his cow. The cow was also killed. At least 100 houses collapsed due to the rain and storm during the past two days while many farmlands were submerged, the sources said adding chances of heavy crop loss was imminent. More than 200 people were rendered homeless in Kamalpur subdivision of Dhalai district and took shelter in government buildings, the sources said.
Wed, 05/07/2014 12:00 PM Killed man and boy  0.0   
A man and a boy were killed by lightning and four children were injured in two separate cases in Battambang province Tuesday, police said. In the first case, Morng Vichhai, 31, was killed instantly when he was struck by lightning while riding on a trailer with another man in a light rainstorm, said Ven Savan, head of Banan district polices security section. In the other case, Noeum Ponlork, 12, was killed when lightning struck as he was leaving school at about 4:30 p.m. in Bavel districts Boeng Bram commune, according to district police chief Oeum Tith. Noeum Ponlork died instantly when he was struck inside the Boeng Thung Primary School compound, Mr. Tith explained. Four other childrenPaet Pi, 9, Heng Srey Srors, 11, Nom Srey Khoun, 13, and Koem Ya, 12had been standing nearby Noeum Ponlork and were injured.
Tue, 05/06/2014 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed   0.0  Chatar village Bihar 
Patna: Four people were killed and eight injured Tuesday in Bihar when lightning struck them, officials said. The incident occurred at Chatar village in Araria district here. "A group of labourers was engaged in maize harvesting when they were struck by lightning, killing four on the spot," said an official of the disaster management department here. He added that the injured sustained burns and were being treated at a hospital here. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each for the families of those killed in the lightning strike.
Tue, 05/06/2014 12:00 PM Killed farmer  55.0  Santana taluka  
Nashik: A 55-year-old farmer was killed in Satana taluka here after lightning struck him following unseasonal rains accompanied by hailstorm in the district. The incident took place yesterday at Pimpalkothe village when farmer--Balasaheb Abhiman Bhamare--was storing onions collected from his field, police said today. Suddenly lightning struck the region killing Bhamare, while 500 quintals of onions in his field were gutted owing to a short circuit. The farmer died in a hospital at Taharabad after receiving serious burn injuries. Unseasonal rains also lashed Dasvel, Katarvel, Daregaon and Rajapur areas in the district last afternoon causing heavy damage to crops.
Mon, 05/05/2014 12:00 PM Killed 4 farmers  0.0   
Lightning kills two farmers each in Haveri, Gulbarga Gulbarga, May 5, 2014, DHNS: In Haveri district, lightning killed two farmers in a field in the afternoon. DH photo A man and his son were killed by a bolt of lightning while they were retuning home from their field in Devantagi village in Aland taluk of Gulbarga district on Monday evening. In Haveri district, lightning killed two farmers in a field in the afternoon. According to reports reaching Gulbarga, Yellappa Pyati (47) and his son Khandappa Pyati (19) died instantly when lightning struck them. A case has been registered at Nimbarga police station. In Afzalpur taluk, near Arjunagi village, a cow and her calf were killed by lightning while they were returning home after daylong grazing. In Haveri In Haveri district, at Kusgur village in Ranebennur taluk, Krishna Raddi Godihal (40) and Shambhu Lingana Gouda Kenchana Gouda (22) were cleaning weeds from the chilli crop in their field when lightning struck them. Meanwhile, it rained in Bagalkot, Uttara Kannada, Gadag and Dharwad districts. While Hungund, Ilkal and Badami taluks in Bagalkot district received moderate rainfall, it was downpour in Kerur. Nargund taluk in Gadag district too received heavy rainfall. In Uttara Kannada district, Sirsi and Siddapur taluks received downpour while Yellapur taluk received moderate rainfall. It drizzled in Hubli-Dharwad twin cities.
Sun, 05/04/2014 12:00 PM Killed 8 killed 15 wounded  0.0   
TEHRAN (FNA)- Eight people were killed and 15 others wounded in lightning in different districts of Bangladesh, local officials and reports in the country's capital said. Most of the killed and wounded were farmers who were working in their crop land. One student was killed and five others were wounded while they were playing football in Tamgail about 100 kilometers North of Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, Xinhua reported. The wounded students received medical treatment at a hospital in Tangail. The other dead and wounded people were in Western Meherpur, Northeastern Kishoreganj, Southeastern Noakhali and Northwestern Dinajpur districts. These districts were hit by storm when the lightning killed and wounded the people.
Sat, 05/03/2014 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 8 in dists  0.0   
Lightning kills 8 in dists City Desk Eight people were killed and another was injured by lightning in Lalmonirhat, Sunamganj, Chittagong and Panchagarh on Thursday and yesterday. Our Lalmonirhat correspondent reports, four farmers died in lightning while they were working at crop fields in Aditmari and Hatibandha upazilas Thursday noon. In Aditmari, Ashwini Roy, 55, was hit by lighting at Tiperbazar, said Aditmari police Officer-in-Charge Aslam Iqbal. In Hatibandha, Lutfar Rahman, 27, Bishnu Chandra, 44, and Jaynal Miah, 40, were struck by lightning at Dhubni, Nawdabash and Sheikhsundar villages respectively, said Hatibandha police OC Anwar Hossain. Meanwhile, Jahangir Hossain, 43, a tax officer at Patgram municipality, died of heart attack following the sound of lightning at Sahebdanga in Patgram upazila Thursday noon, confirmed Dr Ahsan Ali Babu, acting civil surgeon. Our staff correspondent from Sylhet adds, two persons were killed by lightning at paddy fields in Dakshin Sunamganj upazila of Sunamganj yesterday. During the incidents, Ashikur Rsahman, 12, was harvesting paddy at Jamlabaj; and Tajul Islam, 25, was working at Chikarkandi village. Our staff correspondent from Chittagong reports, labourer Md Shajahan, 22, son of Bashar Ali of Maheshkhali in Cox's Bazar, was killed as thunderbolt struck him while he was working at Shutki Palli at Ichha Nagar in Chittagong city yesterday. Our Thakurgaon correspondent adds, farmer Abu Bakkar Siddique, 35, son of Chan Mia, was killed and another injured by lightning while they were irrigating a paddy field at Mareya Kolonipara in Boda upazila of Panchagarh Thursday afternoon. Injured Azhar Ali, 35, son of Hossain Ali, was undergoing treatment at the upazila health complex.
Thu, 05/01/2014 12:00 PM Killed farmer   65.0   
A 65-year-old farm labourer died on the spot when lightning struck him at Gundichattanahalli village in Honnali taluk late on Tuesday evening. Additional deputy commissioner Ibrahim Mydoor said here on Wednesday when Sarangdhar (65) was returning from work, he took shelter under a tree against the rain and gale. He was struck by lightning and died on the spot. Sarnagdhar had come from Shimoga to work in the farms near Belagutti village.
Thu, 05/01/2014 12:00 PM Killed farmer   65.0  Gundichattanahalli village  
Lightning Kills Elderly Man in Honnali By Express News Service - DAVANGERE Published: 01st May 2014 10:29 AM Last Updated: 01st May 2014 10:29 AM Email0 A 65-year-old farm labourer died on the spot when lightning struck him at Gundichattanahalli village in Honnali taluk late on Tuesday evening. Additional deputy commissioner Ibrahim Mydoor said here on Wednesday when Sarangdhar (65) was returning from work, he took shelter under a tree against the rain and gale. He was struck by lightning and died on the spot. Sarnagdhar had come from Shimoga to work in the farms near Belagutti village.
Wed, 04/30/2014 12:00 PM Killed 1 girl killed 4 injured  0.0  Shantipur  
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE Lightning claims girl PHIDIM: One girl died on the spot and four others were injured after lightning struck them at Shantipur VDC in Ilam on Tuesday night. The deceased has been identified as Sudikshya Lapcha, 21, of Shantipur VDC, police said. The injured are: Phulmaya Lapcha, 40, Dhanamaya Lapcha, 28, of the VDC. They have been receiving treatment at Kankai Hospital, Jhapa. Likewise, Karna Bahadur Limbu, 70, of Jitpur VDC was injured after lightning struck him at his house. He is receiving treatment at district hospital, said police. Property worth Rs six lakh was gutted after a blaze spread due to electric short circuit at Dundu Lapchas house in the district, said police.  HNS - See more at:
Wed, 04/30/2014 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed   0.0  Balasore 
BALASORE: Three persons, including two school students, were struck by lightning and two injured on Tuesday while they were taking shelter from rain under the roof of Taratarini Temple at Paikapada village, 75 km from Balasore. The deceased were identified as Debasis Nayak and Deepak Dehuri, both Class IX students of Paikapada high school and Sibaprasad Barik, 45, of Naranpur village. The schoolkids were returning home when the mishap occurred, said headmaster of Paikapada high school Niranjan Mohanty. The injured, a girl student of the same school and another person, have been hospitalized.tnn
Tue, 04/29/2014 12:00 PM Injured Andy Hagley  47.0  Leatherhead  
      Construction site,Crane,Indirect,Outside,Thrown,Work 
LUCKY STRIKE: Andy Hagley, from Leatherhead, survived being hit by lightning Comments (0) A CONSTRUCTION worker has described the moment he thought he had died after being struck by lightning whilst operating a crane. Andy Hagley, from Leatherhead, flew 15ft into the air along with two colleagues after the bolt hit steel chains attached to a crane which was loading scaffolding onto the back of a lorry. The 47-year-old, who was working at a construction site in Camberley when the incident occurred on April 29, has spent the last week recovering. He described the pain he experienced as "the worst in my life". He said: "It was about 1pm and it suddenly went dark and started to rain heavily. "We had heard a rumbling of thunder about 15 minutes previous to that but it sounded like it was miles away. "We were soaked wet and surrounded by metal when, out of nowhere, there was this huge bang and flash. It shot down the chains and through my body and I flew through the air and into the road. "The pain was just unbearable: in my legs, my arms, everywhere. I have never felt anything like it in my life. "I was face down in a puddle but I dragged my head up to have a look. I saw my colleague had been thrown several feet in the opposite direction and he was not moving. I was convinced we were dead." Emergency services were called to the scene, arriving less than ten minutes later, with paramedics informing Mr Hagley he was "incredibly lucky" to be alive. The Cleeve Road resident, along with two other colleagues, was then taken to Frimley Park Hospital for burns treatment before being discharged later that day. Mr Hagley, who has worked in the construction industry for 15 years, said the next day felt "as though I had gone ten rounds with boxer Mike Tyson". He added: "Everything was so sore and I couldn't move a muscle. "The day after that was like I had been hit by a bus and the next day was like I'd been hit by a slightly smaller bus, and so on. "On building sites, thunder sends alarm bells ringing. "It is always in the back of your mind but now it will forever be right at the front. It gives you no warning which is why it is so dangerous. "There is no doubt about it  I feel very lucky to be alive today." Read more: Read more at
Tue, 04/29/2014 12:00 PM unknown Peru  0.0   
A new report from the Atmospheric Electricity Group (ELAT), a division of Brazils Ministry of Science and Technology found that Peru ranked third for lightning-related deaths in South America, according to the news publication Peru 21. The study found that lightning-related fatalities are much higher in the developing world, roughly 17 times more than in the US and Europe. The study also analyzed data from ten different countries in the region and tallied the number of deaths due to lightning strikes. Brazil led the way in terms of lightning-related deaths, followed by a tie between Cuba and Panama. According to a BBC report, researchers cited the prevalence of droughts caused by El Nino as one partial reason for the increase in lightning deaths, with warmer, drier air resulting in more lightning storms. Another reason could be the conversion of rainforest land to open urban areas, which also contributes to rising temperatures according to ELAT research. Osmar Pinto Junior, the coordinator of ELAT, told the BBC that in the Brazilian city of Manaus, there had been a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes in the past 30 years, with a current rate of 13.5 strikes per square kilometer. Pinto Junior also noted that the majority of lightning activity occurred over the city instead of the surrounding, less-developed areas, according to satellite images collected at ELAT. Overal, the ELAT study reported that of all lightning strikes that occur worldwide, 70% occur in the tropics and subtropics
Mon, 04/28/2014 08:45 AM Injured worker   0.0  Clay City KY 
  near metal building  N/A  Indirect,Metal,Outside,Work 
CLAY CITY, Ky. (WYMT) - A man is in the hospital after being struck by lightning in Powell County. It happened around 8:45 Monday morning at the Powell County Transfer Station on Highway 15 in Clay City. We're told a jail employee was with him at the time and called 911. Officials say the man was alert and talking when crews got to the scene. He was taken by ambulance to Clark Regional Hospital in Winchester . The victim's name and condition have not been released, but the Powell County Judge Executive says the victim is the solid waste coordinator for the county. A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning on Monday morning. Around 8:45 Monday morning emergency crews responded to a transfer station in Stanton for a male employee that was hit by lightning. Officials tell us that a worker at the station was waiting on a customer when lightning struck a metal building nearby. Witnesses on scene said when the lightning hit the metal building multiple times then it jumped and hit the worker that was standing twenty feet away. He was taken to a local hospital. City Officials tell us that he is talking and in stable condition.
Mon, 04/28/2014 12:00 PM Injured mother and child  0.0  Mangalore 
Mother, child injured in lightning strike Mangalore/Chikmagalur, Apr 28, 2014, DHNS : A banana plantation was damaged at Basavanahalli in Tarikere in Chikmagalur district following gusty wind coupled with heavy rain on Sunday night. DHphoto Two persons were injured when a lightning struck their house at Fareed Nagar in Harekala on the outskirts of Mangalore in the wee hours of Monday. The injured are Thahira and her child Shahina. The house has developed cracks. All electrical appliances were damaged in the incident. Dakshina Kannada district received mild rain on Sunday night. Several arecanut, coconut and mango trees were uprooted following gusty wind and rain in Padukudoor in Hebri. A two-wheeler parked near a shop was damaged when a tree fell on it at Padukudoor. A few houses have also been damaged. Nadpalu, Megadde, Muniyalu, Ajekaru and Mundli areas in Hebri received hailstones. The roofs of over 50 houses were damaged and hundreds of areca, coconut and teak wood trees were uprooted in some villages in Lakkavalli hobli in Tarikere taluk, due to heavy rain. Over 25 electricity poles too were damaged and one transformer burst because of lightning.
Mon, 04/28/2014 04:00 PM Injured Frankey McNeal  0.0  Chester county TN 
  holding umbrella    Outside,Umbrella 
CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. -- First responders are crediting rubber soles as the reason Frankey McNeal's is still alive after being struck by lightning on Sunday. Around 4 p.m, McNeal went outside holding his umbrella. Then all of a sudden, he says he was on the ground. McNeal says this was the last thing he remembered. The lightning struck the umbrella, which sent the current through his hands and down to his feet. Doctors say he is lucky to be alive. "Real lucky to be alive, real lucky," McNeal said. "I owe it all to God. I guess he is the man that controlled everything. I have to give it up to him."
Mon, 04/28/2014 12:00 PM Killed 16 dead  0.0  Dhaka  
DHAKA, Bangladesh  A severe storm has killed 16 people dead and destroyed 1,000 homes in northern Bangladesh, police and government officials said Monday, April 28. The storm tore through scores of villages overnight on Sunday, uprooting trees and electricity poles and derailing a train in an incident that injured dozens of passengers, they said. Nine people were killed in the worst-hit district of Netrokona, 6 died in neighbouring Sunamganj, and one person died after being struck by lightning in nearby Naogaon, police in all three districts said. Among the 9 killed in Netrokona was a pregnant woman and her 3 children, district police official Rashel Miah said. "They died after a side wall fell on them," Miah told Agence France-Presse (AFP), adding that up to 20 people were injured in the district. About 1,000 homes mostly made of mud and tin were flattened, said government administrator Abul Kalam Azad. The storm also derailed a train at Tangail district while it was travelling across a bridge over a river. "The storm was so severe that it threw the train, carrying up to 500 passengers, off its tracks and against a wall," said railway official Pankaj Kumar Shaha. Storms known locally as "Kalboishakhi" often hit Bangladesh during the early summer months in the lead-up to the monsoon that generally begins in the first week of June.
Mon, 04/28/2014 08:45 AM Injured worker   0.0  Lexington KY 
  working at transfer station    Indirect,Metal,Outside,Work 
Set Text Size Small Set Text Size Medium Set Text Size Large Set Text Size X-LargePrint Story Published: 4/28 5:24 pm Share Updated: 4/29 9:59 am A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning on Monday morning. Around 8:45 Monday morning emergency crews responded to a transfer station in Stanton for a male employee that was hit by lightning. Officials tell us that a worker at the station was waiting on a customer when lightning struck a metal building nearby. Witnesses on scene said when the lightning hit the metal building multiple times then it jumped and hit the worker that was standing twenty feet away. He was taken to a local hospital. City Officials tell us that he is talking and in stable condition.
Fri, 04/25/2014 12:00 PM Killed boy   14.0  Kadakkal  
A 14-year-old boy was killed and five others were seriously injured in various incidents of lightning strike at Kadakkal in the district on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Ambareesh of Kumbalam, Kadakkal. According to eyewitnesses, Ambareesh was standing outside his house when the lightning struck, killing him on the spot. In another incident in Kumbalam, Thulasi, 55, was injured in lightning strike. Lini, 40, of Paravila Veedu, Madathara, Kadakkal; Aneesh, 10, of Attupuram; Liji, 25, of Vellavatta
Fri, 04/25/2014 12:00 PM Killed fisherman  0.0  Pulluvila  
A fisherman was struck dead by lightning while fishing in the deep sea off Pulluvila late Thursday. The police said Raju, 37, of Pulluvila had gone fishing along with others and was about to return to shore when he was struck by lightning. He died on the spot.
Fri, 04/25/2014 12:00 PM Killed man   22.0  Bangalore 
A 22-year-old man died as lightning struck him today while two other sustained critical burn injuries in three separate incidents, police said. The deceased person has been identified as Prasant Swain (52) from Dhiabalrampur village under Kendrapara sadar police station jurisdiction. One man from Kendrapara towns was injured following lightning strike while another person was also injured in Marshaghai, police added.
Wed, 04/23/2014 08:45 AM Injured person   0.0  Lexington MA 
  at golf course  N/A  Golf Course,Indirect,Outside,Work 
A lightning storm has created a busy morning for Lexington firefighters, who responded to help a person struck by lightning and a two-alarm within ten minutes of each other, officials said. Firefighters responded to a person struck by lightning at the Lexington Golf Course on Hill Street at about 8:45 a.m. The person, who was conscious and alert, was transported to an area hospital to be treated, according to Lieutenant John Mazerall, a Lexington police spokesman. Continue reading below About five minutes later, Lexington firefighters were called to a 2-alarm fire at a home on Tufts Road. The fire, which was likely caused by lightning, was knocked down just after 9:15 a.m., Mazerall said. Rain showers and thunderstorms are expected in Massachusetts throughout the day, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham. Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan. (NECN: Nicole Jacobs, Lexington, Mass.) - It was a terrifying morning for people in Lexington, Mass. Wednesday. A powerful lightning strike sparked a fire on one side of town. Two miles away, it sent a man to the hospital. It hit around 8:30 a.m. "It wasn't raining yet," said Lexington Fire Chief John Wilson. "We weren't anticipating it. It caught us all off guard." There was no warning; there were no threatening clouds. It just happened "My windows are to the back of me, and my office lit up blue," said Wilson. "We knew we'd had a close lightning strike." Wilson says within minutes, the phone lines lit up. "When we got the call for the house fire, we were reasonably certain that we had an actual fire," he said. That was approximately four minutes after a medical call from the Lexington Golf Course on Hill Street, reporting someone had been struck by lightning. "Worker at the golf course - he was actually working on an electric panel," said Wilson. "We surmise that a surge came through the panel and that's what got him." He was not hit, but he felt what the chief describes as a tingle. He was conscious and alert when crews arrived. He was taken to the hospital, treated and released. A couple of miles away on Tufts Road, many homes shook, including the one that caught fire. "The first thing I heard was just a loud bang, and then the house shook," said Allen Jin, who was inside the home. "When we opened the attic door, there was just fire everywhere." The three people who were inside are all okay. The chief says the fire was contained to the attic, which was not directly hit. "We surmise that an electrical circuit is what actually got hit," said Wilson. The chief says that one strike affecting areas miles apart is not uncommon. "You have the chain lightning, where the lightning splits and can hit multiple ground targets with one strike," he said. "That may be what happened." It was an eventful day with no major injuries, fortunately.
Sun, 04/20/2014 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed   0.0  Narsingdi  
Sat, 04/19/2014 12:00 PM Killed 3 kiled   0.0  Karnataka  
Heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning claim three lives in Karnataka Raichur / Tumkur / Chikmagalur, April 19 (DHNS) : Heavy rainfall, accompanied by thunder and lightning, claimed the lives of three persons, in the last 24 hours across the State. A school student, a college student and a shepherd died of lightning. Mahesh, 16, a ninth standard student and a resident of Malleshapura village in Kadur taluk, Chikmagalur district, had arrived at his grandmothers place at Kanakatte village in Arasikere taluk. He died of lightning while playing in the fields.
Sat, 04/19/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Bhilwara 
'Sher' stuck, Vivek Oberoi disappointed 15 injured as police, villagers clash in Rajasthan village RO water for Rajasthan villages Gangaur festival in Rajasthan attracts tourists from all over the world 33 arrested in Rajasthan for assaulting policemen Cancun All-Inclusive Save 50% Off Cancun All-Inclusive Resorts Here! Book Today & Save 4 reasons why Mac is slow Wondering why your Mac is getting slow over the time? Learn more Ads by Google Two persons were killed when they were struck by lightening in the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan here, police said today. The deceased identified as Sugna Bhil (60) and Amrit Lal (40) were standing in an open ground last evening in Jahazpur area when the incident occurred. The bodies have been handed over to the respective families after the postmortem, they said.
Fri, 04/18/2014 12:00 PM Killed death toll 9  0.0   
 Sri Lanka 
The number of persons killed by lightning strikes during the first quarter of this year has been increased against the previous year. Two persons who went to drive cattle at Uda Mariya area in Eheliyagoda died yesterday after they were struck by a lightning. Meteorology Department Director General Lalith Chandrapala said that nine persons have become victims to lightning strike so far this year.
Mon, 04/14/2014 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Austin TX 
  sanitation worker    Outside,Work 
AUSTIN (KXAN)  A man who may have been hit by lightning has been hospitalized with serious injuries, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. EMS officials said the possible lightning strike happened at 2300 Singleton Ave., where medics declared a trauma alert on a sanitation worker. They took him to Round Rock Medical Center with serious injuries. Cloud-to-ground lightning and heavy downpours are headed toward Westlake, West Austin and the University of Texas as severe weather rolls through the area, including quarter-size hail and winds gusting at 60 mph.
Thu, 04/10/2014 09:00 AM Killed 2 killed   0.0   
Thu, 04/10/2014 05:30 PM Killed boy   15.0  Kogi  
Sam Egwu  April 10, 2014 Lightning during rainfall in Lokoja, Kogi State has killed a 15-year-old boy. The victim is the son of a director in the state Ministry of Information, Alhaji Kashim Imam, The incident occurred at Otokiti Housing Estate, on Lokoja-Okene-Kabba road, adjacent the Army Barracks in the state capital on Tuesday evening. A source within the estate told LEADERSHIP that while it was raining at about 5:30 pm on the said day, there was thunder, followed by lightning, which struck and killed the boy. Narrating how it happened, the mother of the deceased said she was in the room when it was raining and suddenly, there was a lightning flash and the boy who was outside playing in the open field of the estate with some of his friends was struck dead.
Thu, 04/10/2014 12:00 PM Injured 8 football players  0.0   
      Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Austrian player in coma and 7 others injured as lightning strikes football field Ryan Bailey By Ryan Bailey April 8, 2014 12:38 PM Dirty Tackle ( . View photo ( An Austrian lower league match between FC Notsch and FC Sillian was postponed on Sunday when lightning hit the pitch shortly before kick off. According to, a heavy rain storm began soon after the teams came onto the field, at which point the coaches ordered everyone to head back indoors. But before the players had the chance to seek shelter, a crack of lightning hit the field, injuring eight players. View gallery . ( Two Sillian players were injured badly, with the electrical bolt leaving them motionless on the field. One was Alexander Böhm, who told an Austrian TV station that he was "touched" by the lightning, but has left intensive care and has since made a full recovery. Here's how he described the experience: "I can not tell you how it felt. I felt a tingling sensation all over and I can still remember that someone said that it smells smoky." Böhm's teammate Thomas Walder, meanwhile, was the man to whom the lightning was attracted the most. He was apparently struck in the chest and had to be resuscitated by players and staff for 20 minutes until an ambulance helicopter arrived. View gallery . ( The 24-year-old was put into a coma at a nearby hospital and, at the time of writing, is said to be in a stable condition. DT sends its best wishes to Walder and shakes its fist at the sky to Zeus, Thor, Raiden from Mortal Kombat and all the other Thunder God jerks
Fri, 04/04/2014 12:00 PM unknown 3 children  0.0  Habiganj 
  playing in field    Field,Outside 
Three schoolchildren were killed by lightning at Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj this afternoon. The deceased are  Tanjeel, 15, son of Nanu Mia of Uttar Surma village; Rekha, 7, daughter of Shafique Mia and Nadira, 9, daughter of Ahmad Ali of Bulla Pukurpar village. The children were playing on a field adjacent to their residence during the rain in the afternoon, reports our Habiganj correspondent. The thunderbolt struck them around 2:45pm, said Abdul Based, officer-in-charge of Madhabpur Police Station. All of them died on spot, the OC added.
Fri, 04/04/2014 07:00 AM Killed Abul Kalam Sheikh  45.0   
  farming    Farming,Outside,Work 
Tue, 04/01/2014 06:00 PM Killed student  14.0  Alor Gajah  
 Kuala Lumpur 
      Delayed Death,Outside,School 
KUALA LUMPUR: A form one student, who slipped into a coma after being struck by lightning on Tuesday, was pronounced dead at the Melaka Hospital at 3.50pm on Thursday. According to a report by news portal Malaysia Gazette, the 13-year-old Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) student was in critical condition after being struck by lightning at his school field in Alor Gajah. The student from Shah Alam was walking back to his hostel with a group of other students when the incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday. He was immediately brought to the Alor Gajah Hospital before receiving further treatment at the Melaka Hospital. His body was brought to his home in Bukit Jelutong and will buried at the Perkuburan Islam Seksyen 21 in Shah Alam at 10am tomorrow, said Mara Director of Corporate Communication Rohayah Mohd Zain, who was quoted in Sinar Harian.
Tue, 04/01/2014 04:00 PM Injured Alan Stephensom  40.0  Markfield  
  outside holding umbrella    Outside,School,Umbrella,Work 
Teacher is struck by lightning - but decides show must go on at Brookvale High By Leicester Mercury | Posted: April 01, 2014 By Fiona Dryden Struck: 'I was holding on to an umbrella when the lightning hit me,' says Alan Stephenson Struck: 'I was holding on to an umbrella when the lightning hit me,' says Alan Stephenson Comments (0) A teacher in a school musical refused to make a song and dance about it when he was struck by lightning hours before he was due on stage. Alan Stephenson was due to play the horn in the school's production of Oliver! last Thursday night, but at 4pm he was struck down by a bolt from the blue as he set out to take charge of school sport fixtures. The heavens opened as his school  South Charnwood High, in Markfield  got ready to take on students from Brookvale High, Groby. The 40-year-old PE teacher said: "The sky had gone completely dark and the rain was torrential in the moments leading up to it. "I was greeting the other teams off the bus and holding on to an umbrella when the lightning hit me. "Thankfully, I was holding its plastic handle at the time, otherwise I think it would have been far more serious. "It all happened in a millisecond but the bolt travelled down the umbrella in a sea of sparks and down into my arm, leaving me with some pain. "Rather than feeling incredibly unlucky to be hit, I just feel lucky to be alive. "I know it could have been fatal so I thank my lucky stars that I wasn't holding the metal piece of the umbrella. "There wasn't any lightning before the strike and there was none after. It was just a complete one off. "I didn't want to make a huge fuss of it because all the students were there, but once the fixtures were under way, my knees went a bit weak and I had to sit down and have a strong cup of tea." The poor weather also caused some delays to other members of the band. Alan said: "When the production director found out the pianist was stuck in traffic and I'd been hit by lightning, she was more than a little bit worried, but I was determined that I could still play, so the show went on without any hitches." It was not until the next day that Alan visited hospital. "I was advised by another member of staff, whose son is an electrician, to go and get checked out because it could have affected my heart. "She had told him what had happened and he said that you can never be too careful where electricity is concerned." Alan visited Loughborough's walk-in centre where his heart was monitored before being given the all-clear. His wife did not find out about the drama until the next day. He said: "I was so late getting home that I didn't get to speak to her about it that night. "She was naturally a bit concerned when she found out. Read more:
Mon, 03/31/2014 01:00 PM Injured Emily Davis  31.0  South Berkely CA 
  standing on corner with umbrella     Indirect,Outside,Umbrella 
Emily Davis was struck by lightning in Berkeley on Monday while crossing the road during a dramatic storm. Although she was shaken and suffered some after-effects, Davis was not seriously injured. However the experience, she said, has left her feeling lucky to be alive. Davis, 31, was standing on the median at the intersection of Adeline and Stuart streets at around 1 p.m. when she was struck. She was heading to Berkeley Bowl to buy lunch for her boyfriend who works at the nearby Berkeley Honda. She heard a first clap of thunder which, she said, sounded like a bomb exploding. The first she knew of being struck was when she felt a terrible metallic taste in her mouth. Then I saw an orb of light travel down the umbrella handle I was holding in my right hand, Davis said. Thankfully I was holding the plastic end of the umbrella, or else I wouldve been in big trouble, she told Berkeleyside. Davis heart began beating very fast. I think out of both the literal and physical shock, she said. And her left arm  not the one she was using to hold the umbrella  started shaking uncontrollably. The coffee she was holding in her left hand was thrown to the ground. The median on Adeline Street at Stuart near Berkeley Bowl where Davis was struck by lightning. Photo: Google Maps It was absolutely terrifying, she said Monday evening. My heart was racing. I am just thankful that my shoes had no metal in them. The metallic taste in her mouth persisted. Later in the evening, after Davis boyfriend had driven her home, he kissed her goodbye and said she tasted strongly of metal. Davis, who moved to the Bay Area from Missouri seven years ago and works in San Francisco, said the experience became even more significant after she called her father. He told me that my great great great grandfather was struck and killed by lightning while sitting on a horse, she said. According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 500,000. About 60 people each year are killed by lightning in the United States, and several hundred are injured. Remarkably cheerful, and grateful that she escaped a worse fate, Davis laughed while pointing out the irony of growing up in a state that sees a lot of thunderstorms, and then being struck by lightning in Berkeley where bolts of lightning are fairly rare. Davis was curious to know if her experience might have been caught on film and, once safely home, called Walgreens, which has a store adjacent to the spot where she was struck, and the city of Berkeley, to inquire about the location of security cameras. Both said they did not have cameras trained on that location. I want proof, Davis said. Shortly after being struck, Davis heard a second loud thunderclap and saw the Berkeley Fire Department at Station 5 on Shattuck Avenue respond to what she later realized was the exploding redwood tree on Holly and Buena that saw large chunks of wood flying as far as two blocks away after being shredded by a lightning bolt. It reenforced for her the significance of what had happened. Meanwhile Davis father, who, like her grandfather, is an electrician, told her it could have been much more serious. I could have been burned, or my heart could have stopped, she said. Im feeling so lucky.
Mon, 03/24/2014 12:00 PM Injured One dead, two struck by lightning in Sydney  0.0  Sydney  
A man is dead, a truck driver has severe injuries and two people have been struck by lightning as wild weather battered Sydney. A month's worth of rain fell on parts of the city this afternoon as an area of low pressure passed slowly over the city towards the Illawarra, bringing chaos, death and destruction. Sydney's south bore the brunt and at Lucas Heights a man died after being washed into a stormwater drain. Paramedics were called to the Lucas Heights Waste Management and Recycling Centre on New Illawarra Road at 3.15pm (5.15pm NZT), but were unable to save the man. He died at the scene and is believed to have drowned. "Unfortunately there was nothing we could do," a NSW Ambulance spokesman told AAP. The waste management plant is operated by SITA. Advertisement At Tregear, in Sydney's southwest, a truck driver was trapped in his cabin after crashing into a power pole. The male driver, aged in his mid-40s, had to be cut from his vehicle and suffered severe leg injuries in the accident, that happened just after 2.30pm local time. He was taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition. Meanwhile, two men were hit by lightning about half an hour apart in the city's south. A man in his 50s was struck at Cronulla about 2.45pm. He was taken to hospital suffering blurred vision. Another man, aged 19, was hit by lightning at Mascot about 2.10pm. He lost consciousness for a short period and was hospitalised. The State Emergency Service (SES) received more than 160 calls for help, with flash flooding affecting homes and a number of trees falling in parts of Sydney. "There have been two flood rescues of people in vehicles, at Bexley and at Milperra," the SES said. "There have also been reports of flash flooding around Alexandria, Zetland and Botany and along Parramatta Road." The Bureau of Meteorology said 98mm of rain fell in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. The median monthly rainfall for Sydney is 97mm. The forecast for Tuesday is easing showers.
Sat, 03/22/2014 12:00 PM Killed Stefanie Wiedenroth 1 of 5  22.0  Bruce Rock  
  walking in paddock  N/A  CPR,Critical,Delayed Death,Farming,Outside,Work 
A YOUNG German backpacker remains in a critical condition she was struck by a freak lightning strike in rural WA on Friday. Stefanie Wiedenroth was working for a sheep crutching contractor at Muntadgin near Bruce Rock when she was hit just before 9am. The 22-year-olds employer Darren Major said he was standing about 25m away from Ms Wiedenroth went down. We were getting ready to work and Stefanie was walking around in a paddock getting ready, he said. Right above us it was basically blue skies but just off to the west of us there were clouds brewing but nothing to be concerned about; it was basically just a normal day. It was just a freak lightning strike, thats the only way I can describe it. Mr Major said four other people standing close to Ms Wiedenroth at the time the lightning hit were also thrown to the ground but werent seriously injured. I was next to a truck and a spark jumped from the truck to my side, about a two to three inch spark, he said. I didnt get pushed over but it certainly made me jump. This morning it felt like Ive woken up after a game of football; the right side of my ribs are sore and it just feels like somebody has punched me in the back of the head on the left hand side. Workers performed CPR on Ms Wiedenroth for about six minutes while Mr Major called for help. They then drove her to Bruce Rock Hospital and she was later flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A lightning storm between Merredin and Bruce Rock taken by Western Power Linesman Ryan As A lightning storm between Merredin and Bruce Rock taken by Western Power Linesman Ryan Ash. Source: Supplied Shortly after Ms Wiedenroth was hit, Merredin local Ryan Ash photographed the imposing storm in the region. It is believed this is Ms Wiedenroths second solo backpacking trip to Australia and her second trip to Muntadgin in the WA Wheatbelt. Mr Major said Ms Wiedenroth had many friends in the tight-knit community and was well-liked. Shes full of energy, really enjoyed the country lifestyle. She said it was a totally different experience from Germany, he said. We just hope that she pulls through and makes a recovery from this but at this stage Im not too sure. It is believed Ms Wiedenroths family are flying into Perth from Germany tomorrow. German tourist killed by lightning in WA YAHOO!7 AND AGENCIES March 24, 2014, 10:53 pm Share Facebook Twitter G+ Pinterest Mail German tourist killed by lightning in WA German tourist killed by lightning in WA A German backpacker who was struck by lightning in rural Western Australia last week has died in hospital. Stefanie Wiedenroth was working for a sheep crutching contractor near Bruce Rock, in the Eastern Wheatbelt region, when she was hit on Friday morning. She was taken to Bruce Rock Hospital and then by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Royal Perth Hospital. Ms Wiedenroth, 22, had been in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital but died on Monday, Worksafe confirmed. It is understood her parents flew from Germany to Perth on the weekend to be at her bedside. Ms Wiedenroth's colleague Darren Major told Seven News he met Ms Wiedenroth's parents yesterday. "I believe they would like to come and visit where she was staying while they're in Australia," he said. Four other people standing close to Ms Wiedenroth when the lightning hit were also reportedly thrown to the ground but were not seriously injured. A sheep farmer, who did not want to be named, was metres away from her when the lightning struck. He described the strike as vicious. "It was very traumatic," he said on Friday. WorkSafe is conducting an investigation.
Sun, 03/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed man camping, 1 of 4   0.0  Bloemfontein  
 South Africa 
  camp site    Camping,Outside 
Johannesburg - One person was killed and three others injured when they were struck by lightning in Bloemfontein, paramedics said on Sunday. The four were struck on Saturday evening at a camp site near Tierpoort dam, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring. Four adults were lying on the ground when the paramedics arrived. "Paramedics discovered one of the patients had been fatally wounded while the other three had sustained injuries ranging from moderate to critical, including severe burns." The injured were treated on the scene before they were taken to hospital, said Meiring.
Fri, 03/14/2014 09:20 PM Injured 14 ARMY RECRUITS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING  0.0  Manzini  
MANZINI  A total of 14 army recruits were rushed to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital after they were struck by lightning on Wednesday evening. The incident occurred at around 9:20pm at Mbuluzi Army Barracks. The survivors arrived at the RFM in 977 ambulances which were called to collect them from the barracks, while some came in army vehicles. Some were reportedly sent to other medical facilities as the hospitals Emergency Room (ER) had become crowded. When reporters from this publication arrived at the hospital at 11:30pm on Wednesday six of the recruits were in a critical condition, lying on the hospital beds at the ER covered in blankets. Treated Others were seated on the benches waiting to be treated by the doctors and nurses, while others were in a stable condition. Most of the recruits who were accompanied by army officials were released from the hospital in the early hours of yesterday. Information gathered is that the USDF recruits were struck by the lightning while sleeping inside the tents at the barracks. Some had been seated and relaxing when the incident occurred. When the lightning struck, the recruits reportedly tried escaping towards other shelters, however, they fell. USDF nurses and paramedics tried assisting by administering first aid assistance, however, they called for backup from the 977 ambulances. USDF Deputy Public Relations Officer (PRO) Second Lieutenant Nkosinathi Dlamini confirmed the incident and said it was a natural phenomenon which occurred after 9pm at the barracks. It is a very unfortunate incident which occurred when most places were experiencing lightning in the country. The 14 recruits were struck by the lightning while inside the tents used for shelter and after first aid was administered, they were all rushed to the RFM Hospital as some had fainted, Dlamini said. Stable He further stated that the recruits are now in a stable condition and had all returned to the barracks. Meanwhile, the USDF pass-out is going to be held on March 21, 2014 at Nokwane Army Headquarters. Every morning, the recruits go through rehearsals at the barracks in preparation for the pass-out. This is not the first unfortunate incident to befall the army as a recruit is said to have died under questionable circumstances recently.
Fri, 03/07/2014 05:00 PM Injured man   55.0  Sydney  
  in backyard    Outside,Yard 
THE skies unleashed chaos on Sydney last night as a man was struck by lightning amid a vicious storm cell which battered the citys west. As widespread flooding, power outages and hail wrecked havoc across the western suburbs, a 55-year-old was hit by lightning in Baulkham Hills. The Daily Telegraph has been told the man was in the backyard of his Cropley Drive home when he was struck at about 5pm. NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman Wayne Phillips said he was taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition. We performed first aid until the paramedics got there, he said. He was conscious but very disoriented  as you would be if you were struck by lightning. The city was last night bucketed with torrential rain after a storm approached from the Blue Mountains. We were driving home from Sydney, it was hot and sunny and then out of nowhere we were i Dylan Swain driving home from Sydney said it was hot and sunny and then out of nowhere we were in the middle of a hail storm! Picture: Source: Twitter Blue Mountains storm activity. The stillness, the storm rumbling in the distance is amaz In the Blue Mountains the storm can ben seen and heard rumbling away in the distance. Picture: Instagram/Jesikacarey Source: Instagram Mount Boyce, near Blackheath, received more than 36mm of rain in little more than an hour while more than 13,000 homes lost power. Endeavour Energy customers in Holroyd, Wentworthville, Westmead, Merrylands, Seven Hills, Middleton Grange, Pendle Hill, Greystanes, and Austral were blacked out after lightning struck high voltage power lines leading to a major substation. This late afternoon storm coming across Sydney Harbour was taken by Kevin McFarlane This late afternoon storm coming across Sydney Harbour was taken by Kevin McFarlane Source: Supplied Flash flooding was also reported at properties around Lithgow. Sydney has been dished up with a forecast of similar wet and gloomy weather for the next week at least, with showers expected to return late this morning and set in. Huge storm heading for Sydney Lisa Collins said the hail looked like snow. Picture: Source: Twitter The blue skies of summer are fast becoming little more than a memory and Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Zmijewski said the outlook was bleak. Its the wettest time of the year, he said. I wouldnt call it gloomy but we will probably have a shower or two overnight and throughout the next couple of days. At this time of the year, most often, were getting this type of weather. But Mr Zmijewski  himself a keen swimmer  said rain should be no deterrent to diving beneath the waves. If youre going for a swim it doesnt matter if its raining because youre wet anyway, he said.
Mon, 03/03/2014 12:00 PM Killed man   55.0   
 Sri Lanka 
      On a Roof,Outside 
A father of three of Kurupanawa, Galle died after being struck by lightning on Monday. The dead man was identified as Kokmudalige Upasena, 55, of Ukhenkanda. The man was struck by lightning while repairing the roof of his house during rain. Upasena was rushed to Galle Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where he died. - See more at:
Sat, 03/01/2014 12:00 PM unknown Did Daytona wait too long to alert fans of storm?  0.0  Daytona FL 
      Bad Safety info is criticizing NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway for neglecting to inform fans of the true potential of storms approaching the speedway. The article, written by Eric Zerkel reminds readers of the death of a man at the Pocono Raceway two years ago from a lightning strike. As the race was first underway this past Sunday in Daytona Beach, there were already lightning advisories in the area. According to the report, officials waited a full hour before alerting fans of the potential risks of sitting in conductive stands in a thunderstorm. 150,000 fans. Andrew Booth, a spokesperson with the Speedway says that it is the track's decision to clear the stands, not NASCAR. He added that they closely monitor the National Weather Service out of Melbourne, as the track does not employ a meteorologist. "The safety of our fans is our number one priority here at the speedway," said Booth. Track drying Track drying Photo by: Covy Moore "We have a plan in place to monitor the weather, and if necessary, take the proper steps to communicate to the fans in the event of a severe weather system in the area. We use a lot of different methods to do that, from social media, our text messaging system, PA announcements, our video screens on property; all of those methods can provide that information quickly. So once we have an alert for severe weather, we'll provide our race fans every 30 minutes a weather update until the system dissipates." The first updates the fans were given from the track was issued at 2:50 p.m., 37 minutes after the race was stopped and rain began to fall. Additionally, the report says the first lightning advisory was issued at 1:50, 23 minutes before the red flag, and a full hour before the track told fans of the risk. During that hour, there were tornado warning and extreme thunderstorm warning issued, without being passed on to fans. Lastly, the track does not offer any sort of refuge for extreme weather conditions. Aside from the turn one tunnel, much of the track is open and tall. The communication lines at the track were open, between the weather service and the track, but fans were left in the dark during the most dangerous time of Feb. 23rd's storm. What went wrong? LIKE 0%0% March 1, 2014 at 7:13pm
Sat, 03/01/2014 12:00 PM Killed woman  0.0  Jammu Kashmir 
Fri, 02/28/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Varanasi 
VARANASI: The lightning and thundershower claimed two lives in Varanasi and Mirzapur districts on Friday. According to reports, Dharmedra Patel (31), a farmer of Khargupur village under Jansa police station in Varanasi was working in his field in afternoon when lightning took place and he died on the spot. Besides, Ghumar (45), a native of Bhitra village under Lalganj police station in Mirzapur district was returning home when he died due to lightning. Heavy rainfall lashed the city on Thursday night while thundershowers were also experienced on Friday afternoon. Rainfall of 16mm was recorded in Varanasi till Thursday evening. Heavy loss of crops is being estimated due to heavy rainfall. The price of vegetables has also started increasing due to bad weather conditions.
Fri, 02/28/2014 11:16 AM Injured man  36.0  Fresno CA 
By Matt Stevens February 28, 2014, 4:24 p.m. A 36-year-old man was being treated at a Fresno hospital Friday after being struck by lightning, authorities said. A deputy found the man unresponsive about 11:16 a.m. at the corner of Manning and Grantland avenues in Raisin City after responding to a report of a man injured, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The deputy performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived, and the unidentified man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Doctors said the man had injuries consistent with a lightning strike, including an entry wound & near his left armpit and exit wounds on his feet, the sheriffs statement said. Investigators later determined the man had gone to the area to seek employment at an oil derrick. Sheriffs officials said there were no witnesses to the accident.,0,1222279.story#ixzz2ufjtCpL9
Thu, 02/27/2014 12:00 PM Killed Devkaran Ambaram  32.0  Gwala village Indore 
INDORE: Lightning claimed one more life in Dhar district on Tuesday. The incident took place at Gwala village of the district. SDM Dhar, Sudhir Pare said, "Devkaran Ambaram, 32, resident of Gwala village died after being struck by lightning late in the afternoon." Two more deaths were reported to have occurred in Limbdapura village of Manawar tehsil, but officials did not confirm it. District collector CB Singh said, "We are having information about only one death as of now."
Sun, 02/16/2014 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed, 6 injured  0.0   
PALPA, Feb 16: The lightning that struck amid torrential rain-falls killed one and injured as many as six people in the district. The dead is identified as 61-year-old Karna Bahadur Sunari of Kachal VDC-1, conformed District Police Office, Palpa. The injured in the incident are Mina Lamtari, 11, Hira Bahadur Lamtari, 34, Subas Singh Chidi, 12, Umi Gharti, 25, and Shanta Gharti, 28. The lighting had struck while the family members were staying in the house. Seriously injured Karna Bahadur Shrestha, who was rushed to Butwal-based Lumbuni Zonal Hospital, breathed his last while undergoing treatment. The injured are receiving treatment at the same hospital. Published on 2014-02-16 13:46:51
Fri, 02/14/2014 12:00 PM unknown Why Do Thousands of Lightning Bolts Strike This Sa  0.0   
Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo is home to a very rare and violent phenomenon: hundreds of nights each year, often for several hours per night, a single spot on the lake is hammered by tens of thousands of lightning strikes... and no one seems to know why. Lightning2 Photo: Elizabeth Delgado Locals call this nightmarish fireworks display the everlasting storm, and for good reason: it can go on for 10 hours a night, contains the highest concentration of lightning strikes in the world (over 1.2 million a year), and the multicolored flashes can be seen from 250 miles away. While written accounts of the terrifying sight date back to the 16th century, natives to the area are unaware that the apocalyptic performance doesn't happen in any other part of the world; in fact, they've used its light for generations to guide their boats. Scientists have speculated about what causes the Beacon of Maracaibo (like extreme drops in atmospheric pressure, shifts in weather patterns or ignition of methane gases), but the phenomenon still remains a mystery. Want more hair-raising tales of bizarre electrical phenomena? Check out what a freak high-voltage jolt did to this poor man's eyeballs... - See more at:
Sun, 02/09/2014 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed 4 injured  0.0  Odisha 
Lightning killed at least two people and injured four others in Odisha's Rayagada district Friday, police said. The lightning struck them in Sanadenguni village of the district, about 470 km from here, when they were attending a marriage feast, inspector-in-charge of Muniguda police station D. Pradhan told IANS. The injured were taken to a hospital. Some of them are reported to be serious, he said
Thu, 02/06/2014 12:00 PM unknown FAA to examine airport towers after controller str  0.0  Baltimore MD 
WASHINGTON -- A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore's main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned. The FAA will be looking for problems with the lightning protection systems for airport towers, where air traffic controllers do the vital job of choreographing the landings and takeoffs of tens of thousands of flights each day. Advertisement The FAA told the AP about the planned assessments of the towers' lightning protection systems after responding to a Freedom of Information Act request about the Sept. 12, 2013, lightning strike at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. FAA said in a statement that the accident was "the first of its kind in FAA history," and the agency plans on "assessing the condition" of lightning protection systems at the 440 air traffic control towers it is responsible for across the country. In particular, the agency said it will examine lightning protection at more than 200 towers that were built prior to 1978, when the FAA first issued standards for the protection systems. Because of their height, airport towers have a greater chance of being struck by lightning, and tower designers plan for the bolts. Towers are built with lightning rods and wiring to direct the electrical current from a strike harmlessly into the ground. That protects the tower and equipment from damage and protects the air traffic controllers working inside. But the system in place at BWI's airport tower failed last Sept. 12 during an afternoon thunderstorm. As lightning flashed and a wall of rain moved in, air traffic controller Edward Boyd, who was working in the tower, saw sparks and heard an electrical snap coming from a piece of equipment that controls runway lighting. A few minutes later, he turned on a generator to ensure the airport's runway lighting stayed on, part of a standard procedure during a storm. Boyd had his right hand on the generator switch when he saw lightning flash outside and felt a shock on his ring finger. "It basically felt like somebody had whacked me on the tip of the finger with a tool of some kind," he said during a recent interview, describing a stinging sensation. Boyd, an air traffic controller for more than 30 years, dropped to one knee and told colleagues: "I got hit." Boyd was taken to the hospital and wasn't allowed to return to work for about two months. He says lingering nerve problems in his hand will require surgery, and he called the incident a "fluke." John Dunkerly, president of BWI's chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said he had never heard of a similar incident in his more than 30 years in air traffic control. Air traffic controllers ultimately stopped all arrivals and departures at the airport, one of the nation's 30 busiest, for more than two hours because of concerns about the tower's safety. More than 100 flights were canceled and around 75 delayed that afternoon and evening, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed that an investigation after the strike identified several electrical issues in Baltimore's tower, which was built in 1960 and renovated in 1983. For example, one cable designed to take electrical current from a lightning strike to the ground had been cut during construction at the airport, probably years ago. Chuck Graves, who heads the FAA office that oversees airport towers' lightning protection, wrote in an email to colleagues that given the "demonstrated vulnerability of the facility," the tower's lightning protection systems should be overhauled. The FAA told the AP it has approved $400,000 to address the tower's lightning protection systems. Preliminary work started there this week. The FAA is also working on replacing the tower itself. The agency said in 2013 that officials had begun preliminary planning for a new tower at the airport, and the FAA has a program in place to replace aging facilities. On average, air traffic control towers are 26 years old and in many cases, they do not meet today's building requirements, the FAA said in a 2013 budget document submitted to Congress. As for the assessments of other towers, it is not clear when those will begin. FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said they are now in the planning stages. Assessments of older towers and towers at airports where there is a lot of construction will likely take priority, and once the assessments are completed, the agency may need to request additional money to do repairs, Lunsford said.

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