Lightning protection installed in Khotang homes

Published On: May 19, 2018 07:42 AM NPT

KHOTANG (REPUBLICA): Earthing systems have been installed at 35 homes in Nunthala and Khilku villages of Khotang district to protect lives and property from lightning strikes. 

To protect property against lightning strikes, metallic wire is set up on a structure to divert lightning harmlessly into the ground.

Every year, lightning strikes have been killing and injuring humans and livestock and damaging property in the district, according to locals.

According to a teacher at Jalapa Secondary School of Nunthala, Hem Bikram Rai, earthing systems were installed in 35 households with the support of Mahure Natural Community Forest Users Group.

The project is the first-of-its-kind in the district. Lightning has been killing people in the district every year,” Rai said, “This project is an initiative to overcome this problem.”

The forest users group had supplied some of the materials for the earthing system while salt and coal were arranged by the homeowners themselves.

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