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Government of India
Ministry of Earth Science
01 DEC 2021 1:32PM by PIB Delhi
Lightning Incidents

The State-wise details of lightning strikes and the number of people who have lost their lives are provided in the Annexure-1.

Ministry of Earth Sciences, through India Meteorological Department (IMD), issues forecast and warnings for thunderstorms and associated weather phenomena five days in advance with regular updates. The assistance to the affected families is coming under the purview of the respective State Governments.

As per recent studies, lightning activity have shown increasing trend over India in past two decades. North-East, East and parts of peninsular India have registered a sharp increase of lighting over the past 2 decades. The increase is minimal over Central India and moderate over rest of the country. The information pertain to the illegal cutting of forests is not available with the ministry.

 

       

Annexure-I

State UT-wise Number of Accidental Deaths due to Lightning during 2018-2020

SNo

State/UT

2018

2019

2020

1

Andhra Pradesh

74

109

93

2

Arunachal Pradesh

0

0

0

3

Assam

36

28

14

4

Bihar

177

400

436

5

Chhattisgarh

213

212

246

6

Goa

0

2

0

7

Gujarat

13

64

78

8

Haryana

6

11

3

9

Himachal Pradesh

8

1

5

10

Jharkhand

235

334

336

11

Karnataka

126

99

75

12

Kerala

25

15

8

13

Madhya Pradesh

381

400

429

14

Maharashtra

149

189

182

15

Manipur

1

0

0

16

Meghalaya

5

7

8

17

Mizoram

1

1

0

18

Nagaland

0

0

1

19

Odisha

299

271

275

20

Punjab

4

7

8

21

Rajasthan

43

88

48

22

Sikkim

0

0

0

23

Tamil Nadu

82

57

64

24

Telangana

68

96

64

25

Tripura

10

10

5

26

Uttar Pradesh

220

321

304

27

Uttarakhand

2

2

10

28

West Bengal

179

147

170

 

TOTAL STATE(S)

2357

2871

2862

 

 

29

A & N Islands

0

1

0

30

Chandigarh

0

2

0

31

D&N Haveli and Daman&Diu@ +

0

1

0

32

Delhi UT

0

0

0

33

Jammu & Kashmir @ *

0

1

0

34

Ladakh @

 

 

0

35

Lakshadweep

0

0

0

36

Puducherry

0

0

0

 

TOTAL UT(S)

0

5

0

 

TOTAL (ALL INDIA)

2357

2876

2862

As per data provided by states/UTs

     

‘+’ Combined data of erstwhile D & N HAVELI AND DAMAN & DIU UT during 2016-2019

 

‘*’ Data of erstwhile JAMMU & KASHMIR State Including LADAKH during 2016-2019                  

 

‘@’ Data of newly created Union territory

     

 

The above data is provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

This information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) for M/o Earth Sciences and M/o Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

 

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