A weather accident which occurred in the mountainous region of Southern Province of Rwanda, near the border with Burundi around midday on Saturday, reportedly left 16 people dead and dozens injured during a church service at a Seventh Day Adventist church in the region.
It was gathered that fourteen victims died on the spot, while two more succumbed to their injuries later, after struck by lightening while they gathered for a church service in the town of Gihemvu.
Local mayor Habitegeko Francois, who spoke to AFP, disclosed that 140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many had already been discharged.
“Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition but they are getting better,” he said.
According to the mayor, a similar accident took place on Friday when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one of them.
Recall also that we reported few weeks ago, that 25-year-old Aliyu Salihu and a 13-year-old student of an Islamic school identified as Abbas, reportedly died after they were struck by thunder in Pogo Community, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, an incident which left another injured too.
It was gathered that the thunder struck during a light rain shower at about 8pm, killing Aliyu and Abbas instantly and leaving Abdullahi with injuries.
Confirming the incident, Aliyu’s father, Malam Salihu Makeri who pointed the spot where the incident occurred while speaking to newsmen, said the victims were harvesting mangoes when lightning suddenly enveloped the community with the accompanying thunder.
“It was like electric sparks, followed by a heavy thunderstorm which shook the entire community. People were screaming in front of my house and when I rushed out, I saw three figures lying under the mango tree. Abbas and my son, Aliyu, died on the spot, but Abdullahi was injured” he said.
Punch reported that the grieving father, described the death of Aliyu, his eldest child, as “devastating,” adding that the family had before his death encouraged him to get married, but he died single.