Lightning in Zimbabwe kills two, city inspector advises locals to leave open spaces

Two cases of getting killed by lightning was observed in the town. The lightning occurred last week which caused the incidents.

Representative image of Lightning in Zimbabwe
Representative image of Lightning in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Two cases of getting killed by lightning were observed in the town. The lightning occurred last week, which caused the incidents.

In the first case, two people were struck and killed by lightning last week, one in Dotito and a 13-year-old boy, at Siyalima, in Guruve, Zimbabwe. Both of them have received burns from the lightning.

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As per the sources, the provincial police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe said that on Feb 07, 2024, Pardon Nyamhondera aged 13 from Penrose Farm was going home from Siyalima Primary School when it started raining.

He found shelter in a tobacco barn, and after some time, Wein Katucha, aged 15, joined him under the shed. Then a bolt of lightning struck the shed and Pardon fell.

Wein then ran away and reached out to Pardon’s mother Thoda Nyaurundu aged 42 and told her about the incident.

Later on, when people arrived at the scene, they tried to render first aid to no avail. The matter was reported to the Ruyamuro Police.

On the same day occurred another incident where Penias Kausiwo aged 41 was also harmed by the lightning.

Kausiwo was working in the tobacco field with his family, in Dotito. Later, when it started raining, he dismissed his family while he proceeded to his friend’s field, which is close to their field.

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After some time, when they saw that it started raining heavily and Kausiwo and his friend Brian Mukati ran towards the house.

Both of them were stuck by the lightning and fell down when it striked. Later, Mukati gained consciousness and went back home to collect people with him and help in saving life of Kausiwo.

When people arrived at the scene, they found that Kausiwo was already dead and had burns from the lightning all over his body.

Considering such incidents, Inspector Mundembe said that they urge people to stay indoors when it starts raining.

They advised leaving the field or open space of work and not using cell phones or televisions during thunderstorms.

The inspector also advised not to take refuge under huge trees or structures.