We may be addicted to using mobile phones for a long time. We know that it’s vulnerable to health but still, we cross the limits and keep using it. Do you know that lightning will strike you badly if you use mobile phones in open?
The weather department in Madhya Pradesh has recently issued a warning to people urging them not to use phones if they don’t want to get struck by a ‘lightning’. GD Mishra, who is a senior scientist with the state meteorological department cited four regions in Madhya Pradesh that may witness thundershowers. They are Jabalpur, Rewa, Shahdol and Sagar regions.
“We have issued a general warning to people on how to prevent being struck by lightning. People usually take shelter under trees during rains to make or receive calls on their mobile phones. This puts them at an increased risk of being struck,” he added.
Mishra also issued an advisory to people to avoid open areas and water bodies during rains. “The chance of lightning strikes is higher in June-July.”
Vivek Chhalotre, another scientist with the Meteorological department came up with a solid reason. He added, “Mobile phones have electronic components and their functioning is based on electrical circuits. They also contain rechargeable batteries. Hence, if a person uses a cell phone in bad weather, there is a chance of lightning completing its circuit through the phone – with the caller bearing the brunt of the strike,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
As per the data collected by the disaster management institute, lightning strikes anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500 lives across Madhya Pradesh every year.