Lightning has killed two people on the spot, leaving another one admitted to hospital in two separate incidences in Chief Munkanta’s area in Kawambwa district.
Commissioner of Police for Luapula Province, Elias Chushi who has confirmed the two incidents to ZANIS said they happened on Thursday during a heavy downpour.
Mr. Chushi said the three victims were struck by lightning and two died on the spot while the other one sustained superficial burns and is admitted to Kawambwa district hospital.
The first two victims are of the same family, a mother and daughter, both of Kapaya village identified as Beatrice Musaba aged 42 who died on the spot and Priscilla Munkanta 16, who is in the hospital.
The Police Commissioner named the other deceased person as Annet Ngoma aged 28 of Chandale village who died on the way to hospital after being struck by lightning.
The two bodies are in the mortuary awaiting burial as no foul play is suspected.
Barely a week ago, lightning struck to death another two women of Filiokotuya Women’s Club who were returning from doing some casual work to raise funds for their club.
WHAT TO DO TO AVOID BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
1) Get inside as quickly as possible
The best place to be is indoors.
2) Stay low
It’s best to get as low to the ground as possible; you do not want to be the tallest thing around in a thunderstorm.
3) Cars are better than nothing
While being in an enclosed car is not as safe as being inside a building, it is a safer option than staying outside.
4) Avoid bodies of water
While some may think that water will attract lightning, that’s not true, either. However, water is an excellent conductor of electricity, meaning that it can travel far.
SOURCE : www.accuweather.com