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Climate change 'fuelling deadly India lightning strikes'
1 min read.Updated: 05 Jul 2020, 08:21 PM ISTAFP
Lightning strikes killed 147 people in Bihar over the last 10 days, more extreme weather conditions driven by climate change to come
Around 215 people have now died from strikes in the country's poorest state since late March
Lightning strikes killed 147 people in the north Indian state of Bihar over the last 10 days, officials said Sunday, warning of more extreme weather conditions to come, driven by climate change.
Around 215 people -- farmers, rural labourers and cattle graziers -- have now died from strikes in the country's poorest state since late March, authorities said.
"I was informed by weather experts, scientists and officials that rising temperatures due to climate change is the main cause behind the increasing lightning strikes," Bihar's Disaster Management Minister Lakshmeshwar Rai told AFP.
Twenty-five people died on Saturday, he said.
The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of more lightning in the next 48 hours.
Lightning strikes during the annual monsoon that runs from June to September are fairly common in India.
But officials said this year's toll in Bihar has already surpassed the total number of deaths recorded annually for the state over the past few years, even though the monsoon season has just started.
Last year, 170 people were killed in lightning strikes during the monsoon period.