Jiangxi has a reputation for being most prone
to hits among all Chinese provinces.
It's nothing assuming about. Not to the locals,
definitely, 'cause we're not talking about online hits,
but lightning hits. In a short time span of mere one week
in 2006, for instance, 23 people were struck dead by lightning
there. Of course, it is an extreme case. But even in an
average year, this violent natural phenomenon would claim
more than ten lives province-wide.
If it sounds bad enough, wait until somebody
mentions Nanchang (南昌市), a city in Jiangxi. Nanchang gets
more hits than any other parts in the province. But if
you think that shall be the worst, then wait again until
somebody mentions Mr Lightning's Platform village (雷公坛村).
A few decades ago, there were 180 people there, but in
past twenty years, fatal incidents resulted from lightning
strikes occurred so frequently that it saw five deaths
and dozens of serious injuries among the villagers. Now
the locals nearly all have fled their home with only eight
elderlys remaining behind. When it rains, everyone in the
village would stay indoors, shivering.
It is said that when the local media reporters
visited the village, all they saw were farmland laid to
waste and empty houses unoccupied. "It has been years
we haven't seen anyone coming here," the eight villagers
who chose to stay put told the visitors. Among the eight,
there is a man who lost his wife to lightning and he himself
received heavenly blows for five times.
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