6 killed in Uganda lightning strike

6 killed in Uganda lightning strike
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  • calendar-gray 08 November 2019

Six people were killed and 11 others critically injured when lightning struck Thursday the northern Ugandan district of Pader, APA reports citing Xinhua.

Police Commander Tom Bainomugisha told Xinhua by telephone that the group of people was gathering under a big tree when the lightning struck during a morning drizzle.

"The group had spent the night in prayers for a bereaved person when the incident happened," Bainomugisha said.

Lightning is common in the region, according to Bainomugisha.

In September, four farmers were killed by lightning in the southwestern district of Kanungu.

The country's weather department said last month that the ongoing rain season was at its peak, warning that parts of the country are likely to face flooding, lightning and mudslides.

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