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Lightning Kills 41 People in Pakistan During Monsoon Season, PMD Acquires Chinese Detectors

Pakistan witnessed a deadly monsoon season this year, as heavy rains and thunderstorms caused 226 deaths across the country, according to official data. Lightning strikes were the second most common cause of fatalities, killing 41 people and injuring dozens more.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that most of the deaths occurred due to the collapse of roofs and walls, which claimed 96 lives. Lightning strikes were responsible for 18% of the total deaths, followed by flash floods, landslides, and electrocution.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that the frequency of lightning incidents had increased in Pakistan, which resulted in the loss of precious lives and livestock. To improve its lightning warning capability, the PMD has acquired 25 lightning detection sensors worth $1 million from China, which will be installed throughout the country.

The PMD also said that it was acquiring a long-range lightning detector from China, which would cover the entire Pakistan and help generate timely warnings. The PMD has already received a 3D lightning detection system from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which shows real-time lightning data including the location, intensity, and spatial distribution of lightning.

The PMD official said that the highest number of lightning-related deaths were reported from Punjab, where 19 people were killed, followed by Sindh, where 12 people lost their lives. Five people died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three in Balochistan, and one each in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir due to lightning strikes.

The PMD official said that the lightning strikes also killed hundreds of livestock, especially in rural areas, where people keep their animals in open fields. He urged the people to take precautionary measures during rains and thunderstorms, and avoid standing under trees, poles, or metal structures.

The PMD official said that the lightning strikes were a natural phenomenon, which could not be prevented, but their impact could be minimized by adopting safety measures. He said that the PMD was working to enhance its forecasting and warning system, and hoped that the Chinese detectors would help save lives and property.

The PMD official said that the monsoon season had ended in Pakistan, and the winter season had begun. He said that the PMD was expecting normal rainfall and snowfall in the coming months, and advised the people to stay updated with the weather reports.

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