13 Mar 2021: Gurugram: 1 killed, 3 injured as lightning bolt strikes tree
One member of the horticulture staff of a gated residential society in Gurugram died while three others sustained injuries on Friday after a bolt of lightning struck a tree under which they were standing to protect themselves from the downpour.
The incident occurred around 4:30 pm at Signature Villas apartment complex in the city's Sector 82 area.
Here are more details on this.
Details: 38-year-old succumbed to his injuries last night
The victims have been identified as Ramprasad, Shivdutt, and Lali, who hail from Uttar Pradesh and work as gardeners at the residential society, and their supervisor Anil Kumar, a resident of Sohna.
Ramprasad, 38, succumbed to his injuries last night while Shivdutt, Lali, and Kumar are undergoing treatment at the Medeor Hospital in Manesar, and are said to be stable.
Statement: The deceased had been admitted to the ICU
Krishan Kumar, in-charge of the Vatika Police post, told The Indian Express, "The four men had taken shelter under a tree in the society when it began to rain heavily on Friday evening. A bolt of lightning struck the tree and all four of them were injured."
"They were rushed to Medeor Hospital, but Ramprasad passed away during treatment on Friday night," he added.
Details: Police file diary entry; No case registered
"The statements of the surviving victims have been taken and the body has been kept in the mortuary. Once the deceased's family arrives, we will do further investigations in the case," Kumar told the publication.
The police have since made a daily diary entry in their records and no case has been registered over the incident.
Fact: Incident was captured on camera
The CCTV footage recovered from the area shows the four men standing under a tree in the apartment complex as rain pours down. As a bolt of lightning strikes the tree, three of them collapse onto the ground immediately while the fourth falls seconds later.
Recommendation: What should you do during lightning strikes?
Experts recommend that people find shelter indoors in case of lightning.
It is advisable to suspend outdoor activities until at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
One should call emergency services if needed, as it is safe to use mobile phones during lightning.
Victims should be moved to a safer location as soon as possible.