Lightening kills pupil, injures five others in Kisoro

By Robert Muhereza

A 16-year old primary six pupil at Kahumure Primary School in Bukimbiri Sub-County, Kisoro District was on Wednesday afternoon struck dead by lightening while her five other colleagues were left injured.

The injured pupils were rushed to Mutorere hospital for treatment while the body of the deceased was taken to Kisoro hospital for postmortem

The Kigezi regional police spokesman, Mr Elly Maate, identified the deceased as Pricila Night, a daughter to Mr Evalist Kafuku, resident of Kyogo Village Bukimbiri Sub-County.

He named the injured as; Angela Kyarisima, Anathianta Nuwamanya, Aluminanta Kyarisima, Mathias Turinawe all in primary seven and Florida Ninsiima in primary four.

“This incident happened at around 2pm when pupils were at school. It’s an unfortunate incident although we appeal to the school administrators in the lightening prone areas to put lightening conductors to avoid loss of lives and property,” Mr Maate said.

The Kisoro District Education Officer, Mr Frank Munyarubanza, said that it was not even raining but lightening from nowhere struck and killed a pupil leaving others she was playing with injured.

“The pupils were in the school compound playing after having their lunch and lightening from nowhere struck them killing one and injuring five others. It is a very unusual situation because lightening usually strikes when it is either raining or about to rain. In this case there was no single sign of rain at all,” Mr Munyarubanza said.

He said that plans of putting lightening conductors in all the schools and other institutions in Kisoro District are under way, because the area is prone to lightening due to a number of factors including; being on a higher altitude and presence of several mineral deposits such as gold and tin among others.

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