Friday, 25 May 2018

Why lightning bolts increase in May

Tahmeed Taha: From 2010 to 2017, some 1,986 people were killed by lightning strikes with 32% of the deaths reported in May alone across the country, a study says. The research was conducted by a professor of environmental science at Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, Dr MA Farukh, reports the Dhaka Tribune. “There is a correlation between thunderbolts and temperatures. There remain humid and warm temperatures 5,000-6,000 meters above the level of Bangladesh’s atmosphere every year since late April to the third week of May. This is why lightning strikes increase during May.” From April 29 to May 11 this year, according to media reports, at least 124 people were killed. In the coming weeks lightning bolts are likely to increase, the researcher forecast. According to experts, a lack of trees that can withstand lightning bolts and the rise in use of metal substances are contributing to lightning deaths. Farmers, in the past, to cultivate their land and grow crops used manual equipment. But they are now increasingly using advanced farm machinery with the rapid proliferation of technology, which too contributes to the increase in lightning deaths, they added.
After 57 people were killed by lightning strikes in only two days in May 2016, the government declared thunderbolt a natural disaster.

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