District-wise distribution of lightning accidents in Kerala

By June 25, 2015General

LARC did an analysis of lightning accidents reported in newspapers from different places in the state. The data were taken from the web edition of Mathrubhumi for the period The district-wise data shows that the highest number of accidents happen in Kannur district, followed by Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram (both showing the same number), with Kasargod coming third. Interestingly, although total number of accidents show this behaviour, when we take deaths due to lightning alone, Kottayam comes first with 5 deaths during this period, followed by Thiruvananthapuram with 4 and Kollam and Ernakulam sharing the third place with 3 deaths each. At the same time, if you look at the number of accidents that caused damage to houses and equipment, the maximum is in Kannur, followed by Thiruvananthapuram with Malappuram and Kozhikode following closely.

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