Lightning bolt kills Zim teacher, pupil

2016-03-23 12:11
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Harare - A village community in the Ndanga communal lands, Zimbabwe, was left in shock last week after a teacher and a pupil at a secondary school were struck by lightning.

According to The Herald newspaper, the teacher, Theresa Mufuka and the pupil, Charles Sarai were both killed by the bolt while the boy was settling his school fees.

Witnesses at the school revealed that the skies were clear except for a small dark cloud that hovered above the building when the incident occurred.

Zedious Chitinga, Masvingo Provincial Education Director, confirmed the deaths, saying that the deceased had since been buried.

The development came just a few months after a Chitungwiza resident was also killed by a lightning strike during a prayer session.

According to NewsDay, an African Apostolic Church member was killed by a lightning bolt in January while taking part in a prayer session in an open space in the area.

Following the incident, police spokesperson Charity Charamba lamented the high number of lightning strikes in the country, urging residents to take precautionary measures to avoid fatalities during rainy periods.

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