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Lightening strikes teenager dead in Bugweri

Bugweri, (UG): Farouk Magumba, a resident of Idudi A cell, in Idudi town council, in Bugweri district, was on Thursday night killed during a lightning strike.

It is reported that lightning struck Magumba’s bedroom, torching it instantly.

Residents attempted to rescue him, but the flame had already torched him beyond recognition.

The deceased was taken to Iganga General Hospital Mortuary, awaiting postmortem.

The lightning strikes further injured two residents within the same homestead, who are currently receiving medical care at Iganga General Hospital’s emergency ward.

Lukia Kagoya, a resident within the area says that the heavy rains lasted for close to three hours and were characterized by lightning strikes and hailstorms.

Bakali Muswabu, another resident says that his wife sustained serious injuries after exposure to the lightning strike, but she is slowly responding to treatment.

Muswabu adds that the lightening strike destroyed part of his house and other household items ranging from furniture, clothing, utensils, among others.

Charles Mulalu, the area L.C.1 chairperson says that, several houses and farms were destroyed in the hailstorm and he has since called upon the Disaster Preparedness Ministry to avail rescue support to the affected persons.

“About 30 families have lost shelter, livestock, farms, among other necessities and their general survival is at the mercy of well-wishers, therefore, I call upon the Disaster Preparedness Ministry to aid us with some food items and iron sheets, which will enable my people to have sustainable buildups after this loss,” he says.

Meanwhile, the Busoga East police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula confirms the incident, adding that, a team of detectives is assessing the situation.

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