Lightning Kills 499 in China This Year – Reuters

Lightning China

The number of lightning-related deaths is nearly double what it was this time last year. Via

All of the victims were villagers, and 79 percent were working in the fields when they were struck, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. About two-thirds died between late June and mid-August.

Large swathes of China have been hit this summer by severe storms and flooding, which have killed hundreds. Other parts have suffered prolonged drought. [Full Text]

The article quotes Zheng Guoguang, head of the China Meteorological Association, as blaming this year’s increase in violent weather on global warming.

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