Lightning Strikes mother and Son dead in Amuru

The two met their death at around 8pm during a heavy downpour.

Apr 19, 2024 - 12:22
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Lightning Strikes mother and Son dead in Amuru
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Lightning Strikes mother and Son dead in Amuru

By Editorial @nancyatim6

AMURU: A 20 year old mother and 5 year old son were struck dead by lightning in Amuru district on Wednesday 17th April.

The deceased have now been identified as Irene Apiyo and her son Gerald Ogenrwot all residents of Olinga village, Pogo sub-county, Amuru district.

The two met their death at around 8pm during a heavy downpour.

Charles Openy, the area Local Council 1 chairperson, confirmed the incident, adding that the grass thatched hut where the two were in also got burnt into ashes.

For the last five years, the region has been experiencing numerous cases of lightning strikes that have killed over 20 people and left dozens with life changing injuries as a result of climate change and rampant destruction of the forest cover.

According to the Uganda National Meteorological Authority, this year’s rain will be characterized by heavy storms, flooding and lightning strikes.

The authority has warned members of the public to avoid walking and playing in the rain, standing under trees and next to metallic poles and to wear rubber shoes/sandals when it’s raining to protect them from lightning strikes.

 

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