Lightning strike, kills farmer in Liwale

06Dec 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Lightning strike, kills farmer in Liwale

A 42-year-old farmer Salima Kalole of Mbuli village in Liwale District has been killed by a lightning strike  while attending to her farm.

Liwale District Commissioner, Sarah Chiwamba.

The incident occurred on Monday at around 1pm, according to eyewitnesses.

One of the eyewitnesses, Selemani Juma said on the fateful day the rain was accompanied by thunderstorms.

Liwale District Commissioner, Sarah Chiwamba confirmed the incident, urging people in the area to be more careful during rains and they shouldn’t sit under the trees.

This came one month after a 12-year-old primary school pupil died after lightning strike burned him severely in western Tanzania’s district of Sumbawanga, Rukwa Region.

Rukwa Regional Commissioner, George Kyando, at the time confirmed the incident, saying four pupils were injured and one was in critical condition.

Kyando identified the Standard Six pupil as Misheck Changala, explaining that the pupil was hit by the lightning while in a classroom.

According to the regional police chief, the incident occurred at around 9 a.m. (local time) soon after the pupils completed the numeracy session and waiting for an English teacher to get into the classroom.

 He said that all the pupils were taken to a nearby dispensary at Muze village whereby medical doctors confirmed that one of them died.

 He said that one pupil was still admitted at the dispensary in Muze village, some kilometres from Sumbawanga Municipality.

One of the pupils, Ally Salum, said the lightning struck the classroom as pupils were seated waiting for the English teacher.

 “We were all seated in the classroom; the lightning struck accompanied by thunderstorms. Five pupils fell down,” he said.

 Sumbawanga is one of the most lightning prone areas around the south-western part of Tanzania.

Fatalities during lightning storms are common in north-western regions of Tanzania, particularly during rainy seasons, which normally occur in October/November and March/April.

On October 17, this year, six children were killed and 25 injured when lightning struck a primary school in north-western Tanzania’s region of Geita.

Geita regional education coordinator, Yese Kanyuma said the lightning struck Emaco Vision Primary School at about 9 am and killed six pupils.

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