An Analysis of Lightning-Related Damages and Deaths, 2014, University of Peradeniya
This reports highlights the findings from a research project conducted by University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in response to the ‘Preparedness and Resilience Research’ small grants program (Phase I) implemented by Response 2 Resilience Institute and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center.
Every year, lightning kills about 50 people and causes property damage estimated at over a few hundred million rupees in Sri Lanka. Unlike for other natural disasters, lightning-related losses can be minimized by improving awareness among the public and adopting better standards and effective protection mechanisms. The aim of this study was to collect data on lightning-related losses of both property and life within 1 year over the entire island and provide data to help stakeholders improve their risk reduction and risk management procedures.