Lightning has killed a
mother and her daughter in Agago District.
Local authorities identified the
deceased as Sharon Angwech, 28, and her six-month-old daughter Loyce Adyero.
The lightning victims were reportedly
struck dead at about 5 pm on Monday evening during a heavy downpour from their
home in Lotome Cell in Panyagol Parish, Wol Town Council.
Simon Odong, the Wol Town Council
LCIII Chairperson says the duo were struck while taking shelter inside their
grass-thatched hut. He says Adyero had strapped her baby on the back when the
Odong says the grass-thatched hut
was set ablaze by the bolt of lightning, adding that the deceased were burnt in
the inferno. He notes that Adyero was found dead lying on her baby, suggesting she
could have fallen on her back after being struck by lightning.
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The Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong confirmed the incident on Monday evening saying
the duo died instantly from the lightning strikes.
Mudong says police detectives
visited the scene Monday evening but could not obtain statements from eyewitnesses as heavy rain was still pouring.
He notes that the bodies were
still at the scene pending postmortem to ascertain the exact cause of death.
A case of death by lightning has
been registered under SD ref: 05/11/10/2021 at Wol Police Station.
In July last year, a 13-year-old
boy was also struck to death in Odom village, Adillang Sub County during a mild
downpour. The deceased who was a primary seven-candidate at Lala Primary
school was reportedly playing football along with other children when the
Agago District is currently
experiencing heavy rains that have been pounding several parts of the
The heavy rains have triggered
waterlogging in several homesteads causing the collapse of houses while
farmlands have been submerged.
The affected areas are mostly in the sub-counties of
Adilang, Kuywe, and PatongoTown Council.