Lightning risk reduction initiatives experienceson September 30, 2008 at 12:15 am
Lighting is not recognized by Government of India as a disaster for Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) though large number of human beings, houses and Cattles were affected every year in particular areas, most of the time it affects individuals and limited people, no damage to total community. Incidences are less but have severe damage to life and property. Some states have taken initiatives and providing certain assistance to the affected people from state funds. Recently most of the states have already requested the Central Government to include Lighting as one of the disaster, so that affected people would get some benefit.
Lighting safety awareness has been under taken by some of the Eastern and North Eastern States to educate the people on lighting safety. In individual cases people have adopted the lighting protections to the houses and adopted safety measures to reduce the risk by staying inside the house and disconnecting the electronic equipments and avoiding the contact of any iron materials during lighting time. In community level some places are isolated because of more frequent lighting during rainy season.