Those who died on spot are Edidiya Turyatemba,42 and Diana Kajowa,31 all residents of Mukasyokwe village
Two people have been confirmed dead and four others injured
after being struck by lightning in Kinaba
sub-county, Kanungu district.
The incident occurred today at around 02:00 PM in Muksyokwe village, Kyamukende parish. Those
who died on spot are Edidiya Turyatemba,42 and Diana Kajowa,31 all residents
of Mukasyokwe village.
The injured are Frola Nyinakiiza, 40, and her children Susan
Ayebazibwe ,16, Friday Akandwanaho ,5, and Blessing Kirungi.
Tom Mushabe, an area resident told our reporter that the
incident occurred when both the deceased and injured were in Turyayebwa’s garden
Mushabe says that the incident occurred
during the heavy downpour.
Elly Maate, Police Spokesperson for Kigezi region says that
all the injured victims are family members of Turyayebwa while Kajowa had gone
to work as a casual laborer.
Maate says that the injured have been rushed to
the nearby health facilities for treatment while efforts to remove the bodies of
the deceased are underway.
This is not the first time lightning striking people in
Kanungu district. On April 20th, 2018, Aggrey
Ainembabazi, a resident of Kinyisa cell in Retendere parish in Kayonza Sub
County and a pupil at Nyakeina Parents Primary School in Kayonza Sub County was
struck to death and seven others hospitalized.
Earlier on April 3, 2018, lightning struck a woman and her daughter
in Bujengwe village in Karangara parish in Kayonza Sub County.