Lightning Kills One in Kabale

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The deceased is Irene Nyende, 26, a resident of Rushebeya cell in Kitojo parish of Rwamucuucu sub-county. Lightening struck the house they were in and left two others critically injured.

One person has been confirmed dead and two others critically injured after lightning struck the house in which they were getting shelter from the rain. Kigezi regional police spokesperson, Elly Maate, identifies the deceased as Irene Nyende (26), a resident of Rushebeya cell in Kitojo parish, Rwamucuucu sub-county in Kabale district .  
She was struck by lightning during a heavy down pour that hit several parts of Kabale.
The injured are Vanansio Ngyende, the husband to the deceased and Rogers Turyakira.

Maate says the incident took place where the three had taken shelter from the rain that disrupted their digging. The injured have been admitted at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.
Edie Mugisha, one of the residents said they heard a loud bang, only to be told later that the lightening had struck some locals. Lightning strikes are common in Kabale district during the rainy season. According to police records, lightning strikes in Kabale killed 45 people in 2014 alone.


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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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