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Lightning bolt kills 55 sheep in Ballari, India

Around 55 sheep killed due to lightning
Around 55 sheep were killed due to lightning at Ujjaini village on the outskirts of Kudligi town in Ballari district on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The incident happened when shepherd Pakkirappa was staying in a field along with the sheep. "There were thundershowers all through the night and at one point of time, lightning struck the flock of sheep killing 55 of them,'' Fakkirappa said.

Fakkirappa has informed the revenue officials about the loss and sought compensation. A team of revenue department officials and veterinary doctors visited the spot.

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Record 350 people died after being struck by lightning in 2016 across Bangladesh

Even a few years ago, metal objects in the shapes of tridents, crescents, stars and roosters could be seen on the roofs of buildings. They are hardly seen anymore.

The tridents or stars on top of buildings were part of the grounding system installed for protection against lightning strikes.

Even though many modern buildings have specially designed objects, how many of those really have proper grounding remains a point to ponder.

Last year, Bangladesh witnessed a record rise in the number of deaths from lightning strikes. Lightning strikes occur the most between March and May.

According to data of the disaster management and relief ministry, 217 people were killed in lightning strikes last year, beating all previous records in the country. The number was 160 in 2015, 170 in 2014, 185 in 2013, 201 in 2012 and 179 in 2011. At least 22 people have been killed so far in lightning strikes this year.

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2 people and 2 cattle killed by lightning bolt in Jessore, Bangladesh

Two people were killed in a lightning strike at Mahinikati village in Jhikargacha upazila of Jessore district on Thursday.

Locals said Saiful Islam, 28, son of Shawkat Ali, and Shahid Hossain, 48, died on the spot when a streak of thunderbolt struck them while they were returning home from a field with cattle in the evening.

Two cattle were also killed in the incident; according to UNB.

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Three hikers killed by lightning bolt in Java, Indonesia

On April 23, 2017, three hikers on Mount Prau in Central Java died after being struck by lightning. The unfortunate incident occurred when a group of 11 people hiked from their base camp at Patak Banteng and decided to spend the night on Mount Prau.

The next day, the group decided to go down into the valley due to heavy rain on top of the mountain. They pitched their tents near the mobile signal transmitter tower. Not long after, lightning struck their location, killing three members of the group.

After the incident, one of the survivors said the strike may have been triggered by one of the hikers who opened his mobile phone after detecting a signal in the area.

In addition to three fatalities, the lightning strike caused severe burns to six of the hikers and minor burns to two of them. Those who died were identified as private sector workers named Deden Hidayat Maulana (31) from West Java, Aditya Agung Darmawan (30) from East Jakarta and Adi Setiawan (31) from East Jakarta.

Comment: Elsewhere in Asia: Worker dies after lightning strike in Sepang, Malaysia.

Lightning kills man at Nadanahalli, India

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Hailstorm devastates apple, peach, walnut and apricot orchards across Kashmir, India

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Locals and witnesses said the hailstorm started at 9 PM on Sunday and continued for more than 15 minutes. "It caused extensive damage to the orchards and almost all the growing crop of fruit was lost,"

Heavy hailstorm caused extensive damage to apple and walnut orchards in many villages of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district late Sunday night.

The affected villages include Satura, Hajin, Naristan, Deedarpora and Lam.

Locals and witnesses said the hailstorm started at 9 PM on Sunday and continued for more than 15 minutes. "It caused extensive damage to the orchards and almost all the growing crop of fruit was lost," they said.

Comment: The Spring weather is certainly behaving oddly worldwide - and just in the last day or so:

13 cm of snowfall as late-season storm hits Regina, Saskatchewan
April showers? Southern Manitoba hit with snowfall instead
Hard freeze kills 95 to 100 percent of France's Alsace vineyard buds
Turkey greenhouses collapse due to snowfall
Snow across Wales as Arctic winds sweep across the country

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The 'March to Silence' - Shots fired at building housing leading climate skeptic scientists

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National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) building.
A total of seven shots were fired into our National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) building here at UAH over the weekend.

All bullets hit the 4th floor, which is where John Christy's office is (my office is in another part of the building).

Given that this was Earth Day weekend, with a March for Science passing right past our building on Saturday afternoon, I think this is more than coincidence. When some people cannot argue facts, they resort to violence to get their way. It doesn't matter that we don't "deny global warming"; the fact we disagree with its seriousness and the level of human involvement in warming is enough to send some radicals into a tizzy.

Our street is fairly quiet, so I doubt the shots were fired during Saturday's march here. It was probably late night Saturday or Sunday for the shooter to have a chance of being unnoticed.

Maybe the "March For Science" should have been called the "March To Silence".

Campus and city police say they believe the shots were fired from a passing car, based upon the angle of entry into one of the offices. Shell casings were recovered outside. The closest distance a passing car would have been is 70 yards away.

This is a developing story. I have no other details.

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3 killed, 2 injured after being struck by lightning bolt in Punjab, India

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The deceased being taken outside the hospital
Three persons were killed and two got injured after they were struck by lightning at Toot village in Patti sub-division on Sunday night.

The deceased have been identified as Raju (30) of Gahelewal village in Mansa district, Kulwinder Singh (22) of Nandgarh village in Sangrur district and Sandeep Singh (30) of Todarpur village in Mansa district. The injured are Sukha Singh of Bigarwal village, and Tarsem Singh of Jawaharwala village in Sangrur district. All of them run combine harvesters.

After harvesting wheat crop in the fields of a farmer Gurlal Singh, they went to a tubewell to take bath. Suddenly, thunderstorm rolled and they were struck by the lightning caused by it.

They were rushed to civil hospital in Patti, where three were declared dead.

The injured are said to be stable.

Comment: In Cambodia: Storm in K Thom Lightning injures two, kills one

In Bangladesh: Lightning strike kills farmer in Laxmipur


'Ipo-ipo' waterspout filmed in Batangas, Philippines

A spectacular waterspout—known locally as "ipo-ipo"—was filmed off the coast of Mabini, Batangas, on Sunday, April 24.

A witness at a beach resort, who managed to capture the spectacle on video, said that the waterspout's sudden appearance on the horizon prompted bathers to rush out of the water.

Fortunately, according to authorities, nobody was hurt.

Waterspouts are uncommon but well-known phenomena, especially among fishermen and coastal residents.

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Lightning bolt kills three horses in Giles County, Tennessee

As severe thunderstorms rolled through the Tennessee Valley Saturday afternoon, several homes suffered damage.

In western Ardmore, Roger Riddle's home was hit with golf ball sized hail that ripped through part of his wall, leaving several holes.

Up in Pulaski, Larry Hargrove lost three horses to the storms.

"You hate to lose any animal, but when you've had them for 20 years plus and you've raised them from a baby, they're family members," Hargrove said.

While he was away from his home, his three mares were struck by lightning around three o'clock.

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Lightning strikes kill five in coastal districts of Bangladesh

At least five people have been killed when lightning strike different coastal districts as the stormy weather continues across the country.

Three people were killed in Chittagong and one each in Patuakhali and Bagerhat on Saturday.

Sanaullah Shamim, 33, and Mohammad Didar, 40, were struck by lightning while bringing cattle home at Sandwip in Chittagong, Sandwip Police Station OC Moshiur Rahman told bdnews24.com.

Housewife Noor Banu, 40, of Fatikchharhi in the same district died after being struck by lightning at her homestead during a storm, said Bhujpur Union Parishad Acting Chairman Abdul Hamid.

The victim in Patuakhali's Rangabali was also a housewife. Manju Begum, 35, was out in the field adjacent to her home to harvest mung beans when lightning struck her, said Rangabali Police Station OC Shamsul Arefin.