Lightning fatalities and injuries in Turkey


Tilev-Tanriover S., Kahraman A., Kadioglu M., Schultz D. M.

NATURAL HAZARDS AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, cilt.15, ss.1881-1888, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 15 Konu: 8
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5194/nhess-15-1881-2015
  • Dergi Adı: NATURAL HAZARDS AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1881-1888

Özet

A database of lightning-related fatalities and injuries in Turkey was constructed by collecting data from the Turkish State Meteorological Service, newspaper archives, European Severe Weather Database, and the internet. The database covers January 1930 to June 2014. In total, 742 lightning incidents causing human fatalities and injuries were found. Within these 742 incidents, there were 895 fatalities, 149 serious injuries, and 535 other injuries. Most of the incidents (89 %) occurred during April through September, with a peak in May and June (26 and 28 %) followed by July (14 %). Lightning-related fatalities and injuries were most frequent in the afternoon. Most of the incidents (86 %) occurred in rural areas, with only 14% in the urban areas. Approximately, two thirds of the victims with known gender were male. Because of the unrepresentativeness of the historical data, determining an average mortality rate over a long period is not possible. Nevertheless, there were 31 fatalities (0.42 per million) in 2012, 26 fatalities (0.35 per million) in 2013, and 25 fatalities (0.34 per million) in 2014 (as of June). There were 36 injuries (0.49 per million) in each of 2012 and 2013, and 62 injuries (0.84 per million) in 2014 (as of June).