Lightning kills woman in Kozhikode; one other affected

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Kozhikode: A woman was killed while one other was affected in incidents of lightning in the Kizhakkoth area here on Tuesday.

In the incident reported from Koduvally, one Sheeba (38), was killed when struck by lightning. The incident happened around 4:00 pm. The woman was struck by lightning when she was standing outside her house.

In nearby Avilora, lightning struck 58-year-old Jameela. She has been rushed to Kozhikode Medical College.

The incidents happened while showers hit the district in the afternoon.

Lightning strikes are dangerous as they will create damage to human lives and property. Hence, the public should take the following precautions as soon as they see the dark clouds.

If a person is struck with lightning, the person should be given first aid immediately. It has to be noted that the first 30 seconds are crucial in saving someone’s life after a lightning strike.

General Instructions

  • Get inside a safe building as soon the early signs of lightning are spotted.
  • Do not go out or into the rooftop to collect clothes when there is lightning.
  • Disconnect domestic electronic devices.
  • Close all the doors and windows
  • Do not touch any metal substance. Stay away from electronic devices.
  • Avoid using telephones.
  • Avoid taking showers when there is lightning outside.
  • It is dangerous to sit on the terrace and on top of trees during lightning.
  • If you are outside, avoid standing under trees.
  • Do not step into a water body when there is lightning.
  • Do not fly kites.
  • If you are in open space, sit down with your head between your knees and with your feet close to each other.
  • Lightning shields can be used to protect buildings and surge protectors can be used to protect electronic devices

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