KIBUKU– One person was Thursday killed and four seriously injured when lightning struck Budoba A village, Nansanga B parish, Nansanga sub-county in Kibuku District, eastern Uganda during a light afternoon drizzle.
The dead has been identified as Seneti Mwayi, 9, a pupil of Nansanga Primary School. Loy Muzamiru, Abudallah Isaaca and Sula Isaac were rushed to Budaka Health centre IV with severe burns
According to the Bukedi region police spokesperson, Mr Sowedi Kamulya, the victoms had taken shelter from the drizzle in one of the incomplete shops in the trading centre.
“It was unfortunate incidence that a person was killed by natural accident but a challenge still lies ahead to continue sensitizing our people on the measures to avoid being caught off guard. Many people failed to put up lightning arresters,” MrKamulya said.
Lightning has become a serious phenomena of late with many-especially school going children being killed under such circumstances.
“We had huge thunder-explosion but few minutes later, sad news started spreading in the village that one child has been struck dead by lightening. But on reaching at the scene, other four people were in pain,” Mr John Isinyangwire, the Nasanga LC3 chairperson said.
Statistics show that Uganda registers about 242 thunder storms per year. Whereas the government has come on board to encourage, mostly government institutions, to put up lightning arrestors, majority of them haven’t adhered to the directive.