Six pupils killed after being hit by lightning in Rukwa

19Feb 2021
The Guardian
Six pupils killed after being hit by lightning in Rukwa

​​​​​​​SIX pupils from different primary schools in Nkasi District, Rukwa Region have been killed by lightning in separate incidents.

Three of the pupils who belong to the same family were killed while playing with their fellows near their parent’s house.

Nkasi District Commissioner, Said Mtanda said the incident occurred on Wednesday evening at Nkana village.

Mtanda said that shortly after the incident in Nkana village he received information on another similar incident at Nchenje village where three other pupils were also killed by lightning. All the incidents happened on Wednesday, he said.

“Let us not link these incidents with superstitious beliefs, the events are just like other accidents,” said the district commissioner.

Nkasi District Education Officer, Agnes Martin mentioned the deceased as Macrida Mtepa (7), Rita Chiwalala (5), and Exsavery Chipamba. Others are Bonifas Sapi (8) and Debora Chalula (12).

On January 1, three people in the village of Kitahana in Kibondo District, Kigoma Region died after being hit by lightning strikes following heavy rains in the area.

Kibondo District Administrative Secretary Ayoub Sebabili said one of the deceased has been identified and buried but the remaining two were yet to be identified with their bodies being kept at the Kibondo District Hospital.

He also said that the heavy rains have also left 33 families homeless in the district’s Kibingo village, Rusohoko Ward after their houses were destroyed by the heavy rains that were accompanied by strong winds.

Kibondo’s DAS said three people were injured in the incident saying that the district is currently needing immediate support of both shelter and food assistance so as to help the victims.

According to him, the district’s disaster committee had already started receiving assistance from various stakeholders.

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