Lightning Strike Kills 5 in Kisoro

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At least five people have died in two separate lightning strikes in Bufumbira County, Kisoro district.

At least five people have died in two separate lightning strikes in Bufumbira County, Kisoro district.

Two people died on spot in Nombe Village, Rubuguri Parish in Kirundo Sub County, while the third person died on arrival at Mutolere Hospital.

The dead have been identified as Marion Kobusingye, aged 15 and a student of Seseme Secondary School, 18-year-old Jovia Ainembabazi and a baby aged two years.

The dead are said to have been struck by lightning as they took shelter under a tree on their way from the garden.

Two more people were on the same night struck by lightning in Bikokora Village, Nteeko Parish in Nyabwishenya Sub County.

They include Clever Ainomukama, 20, and a 15-year-old boy only identified as Ainomugisha.

Ida Mpozembizi, an area resident told Uganda Radio Network that they heard a loud bang and only to be told that people had been struck by lightning.

Bufumbira North Member of Parliament John Nizeyimana Kamara described the incident as unfortunate, adding that government should intervene as lightning strikes are always common in the areas surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable forest during the rainy season.

South- South western regional police spokesperson Elly Maate says the locals must be extra careful during the rainy season when the strikes become rampant.

On Monday, another lightning strike killed one person and seriously injured nine other family members in Nsibirano village, Muterere Sub County in Bugiri district. On the same date, yet another incident of lightning killed six heads of cattle in Makanga ward in Buyende district.

At least 60 people have died in the last one year as lightning struck schools, churches and homes. In one incident on June 28, 2011, at least 18 pupils were killed and 40 others injured by a lightning strike at Runyaanya Primary School in Kiryandongo district.

 

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