Lightning which struck during a sports event in Kakamenga, Kenya, reportedly claimed the life of a Standard 8 pupil and also left 21 others injured.
It was gathered that the Ebushibo Primary School pupil in Navakholo sub-County died as she was receiving first aid following the tragedy, while those injured were taken to Kakamega County Referral Hospital.
“One pupil from Ebushibo Primary School died after being struck by lightning and 21 others sustained burns in the incident at Esumeiya Primary School,” Navakholo OCPD Paul Kuria was quoted as having said..
Confirming the incident, the school’s head teacher Agneta Wawire said the incident occurred at around 6pm in Esumeiya Primary School, where pupils were participating in a sporting event.
“We had just finished school cluster ball games with Eshienga Primary School when it started raining heavily. The pupils went to take shelter at the classrooms when the lightning struck,” said Wawire.
Wawire said they took the pupils to a nearby home of a retired nurse, Catherine Sande, for first aid before being rushed to hospital.
Few months ago, it was also reported that 16 people were killed and dozens injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said on Sunday. It was gathered that fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church, Local mayor Habitegeko Francois confirmed.
The incident, which happened in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service.
Mayor Habitegeko giving update on casualty rate said “Two others died later from their injuries.
“140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, many had already been discharged.
“Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition but they are getting better.”