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The body of the victim Antonio Oropesa inside the Ziga Memorial District Hospital. Photo by Tabaco City Police Station.

The body of the victim Antonio Oropesa inside the Ziga Memorial District Hospital. Photo by Tabaco City Police Station.

Tabaco City, [05.18.17] – A strong lightning has tragically killed a male duck keeper in the middle of rice field at the height of heavy downpour on Wednesday afternoon in Purok 3, Barangay Pawa, Tabaco City.

Police identified the victim as Antonio Oropesa, 35 years old, single, of Purok 1, Barangay Napo, Polangui, Albay.

Oropesa’s body was discovered at 5:45 o’ clock in the afternoon of May 17, 2017 on prone position by Barangay Kagawad Teofilo Arenal and Domingo Serrano.

The victim’s body was seared when found, police report said.

Oropesa is the second casualty of lightning death recorded this year in Albay, the first recorded  death was documented in Ligao City last April this year.

In the country, mapping of lightning is not included in national and local disaster risk reduction management program on how to mitigate deaths and protect  the lives properties of  the lowly farmers, despite on the rising occurrences – lightning mapping is not included in the  priority.

What is Lightning?

lightningLightning is a sudden high-voltage discharge of electricity that occurs within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the ground. Globally, there are about 40 to 50 flashes of lightning every second, or nearly 1.4 billion flashes per year. These electrical discharges are powerful and deadly.

Each year, lightning strikes kill people, livestock, and wildlife. Each year lightning is also responsible for billions of dollars in damage to buildings, communication systems, power lines, and electrical equipment. In addition, lightning costs airlines billions of dollars per year in flight rerouting and delays. For these reasons, maps that show the distribution of lightning across the Earth are important for economic, environmental, and safety reasons. [http://geology.com/articles/lightning-map.shtml]

Regions of Intense Lightning Activity

Several broad regions on Earth experience an unusual amount of lightning. Six of these areas are listed below along with the reasons for their unusual levels of lightning activity.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa has the highest frequency of lightning on Earth. Year-round thunderstorms there are caused by local convection and moisture-laden air masses from the Atlantic Ocean encountering mountains as they move across the continent.

Northwestern South America, where warm winds from the Pacific Ocean carry moisture-laden air masses up the Andes Mountains, causing cooling and thunderstorm activity.

The Himalayan Forelands, where seasonal winds carry warm, moist air from the Indian Ocean up the front of the mountain range, causing cooling and thunderstorm activity.

Central Florida, between Tampa and Orlando, is known as “lightning alley.” There, warm, rising air pulls in sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Pampas of Argentina, where moist seasonal winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean in summer and spring produce violent thunderstorms.

Indonesia, where winds from the Indian Ocean push warm, moist air up the volcanic mountain ranges of Java and Sumatra to produce thunderstorms. [http://geology.com/articles/lightning-map.shtml]