Friday, February 19, 2016

EXTREME WEATHER: Increasing Effects Of Magnetic Polar Migration - Lightning Kills 10 In South Africa; And 7 Killed And 9 Injured Due To Lightning Strike In Pakistan!

February 19, 2016 - EARTH - Here are two of the latest reports of deadly lightning strikes across planet Earth.

Lightning kills four in Harding, South Africa

Four people have died and 20 others sustained injuries when storms and lightning caused havoc at Harding in southern KwaZulu-Natal Thursday.

Provincial Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie says the four died in hospital after they had been struck by lightning.

He says all the injured were treated at the scene before being transported to hospital for medical care.

The storm left houses destroyed and roofs being blown. - SABC News.

Lightning kills another 3 people in South Africa; total of 10 in a week

Three more people have died in lightning strikes in KwaZulu-Natal, bringing to 10 the number of people killed in one week, the provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs department said on Saturday.

"With the province of KwaZulu-Natal still licking its wounds after seven people lost their lives in the area of KwaMachi near Harding in the Umuziwabantu local municipality, another tragedy has struck as more lightning, hail, and storms have hit the neighbouring uMzimkhulu municipality killing three more people and injuring dozens of others as well as damaging homes," MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said.

In wards 14 and 18 in uMzimkhulu municipality more than 80 household were affected by storms. A team of disaster management personnel led by the local mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga had been undertaking door-to-door visits to all the affected families and providing first-line support, she said.

Dube-Ncube extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. She had ordered that more lighting conductors be provided to the affected areas and also sent additional disaster management teams in support.

"We wish to assure the public that they are not facing these natural disasters without a helping hand from the provincial government. We are deeply saddened by this latest tragedy which happened barely a day after we were still trying to come to terms with the double tragedy of KwaMachi in Harding. We reiterate our call to the public, particularly in the rural areas, to exercise caution as we are in the middle of the summer season when incidents of this nature tend to occur most frequently," she said.

"We will continue to experience such unpredictable weather conditions as a result of climate change. Unfortunately, these are acts of nature and they are beyond our control. Our duty, however, is to be on alert and minimise the loss of life. Our disaster management centres are always on standby.

"We are doing everything possible to support the affected families; our disaster management teams remain on the scene at uMzimkhulu and KwaMachi to provide assistance to all affected members of the community," Dube-Ncube said. - IOL.

7 Killed And 9 Injured Due To Lightning Strike In Pakistan

Four women among seven people from the same family were killed in devastating lightning strike a double-storey house at Khushab's Purana Chowk here on Saturday, Radio Pakistan reported.

As per media reports, the ill-fated house's roof collapsed when lightning hit it badly and upon this all the family members trapped under the rubble. As result, seven people including four women and two children died in the mishap whereas nine others sustained severe wounds and were shifted to hospital, rescue official said.

The deceased have been identified as Umar Daraz, his wife Razia, eight-year-old Kinza, 15-year-old Farooq, 10-year-old Abdul Rauf, 13-year-old Sobia, seven-year-old Nauman and 17-year-old Sonia.  - Daily Pakistan.

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