Lightning Kills Six Children In Guinea

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Six children aged between four and 10 died after they were struck by lightning while making tea under a mango tree in north-eastern Guinea on Wednesday, a witness said.

The storm began shortly before 7:00 pm (1900 GMT) in the town of Siguiri, close to the border with Mali, witness Mamadi Doumbouya, a local resident, told AFP.

He said eight children in total, accompanied by two of their mothers, were under a mango tree at the back of his house.

“I invited everyone to take shelter in my living room. The ladies rushed under my roof but the children stayed behind to make the last cups of tea,” he added.

Lightning then struck the mango tree and when Doumbouya rushed out, all of the children were on the ground and unconscious, he said in a telephone call.

Six of the children — five girls and a four-year-old boy — died while being taken to hospital, he added.

A doctor from Siguiri Hospital said the six dead children were brought there in the early evening and two others were placed under observation for the coming days.

West Africa is currently undergoing its rainy season.

On Saturday a landslide hit a gold mine in the same area as Wednesday’s storm, killing four people including a two-year-old girl and her mother.

“The victims were working in a former gold mine where mining was banned because of the risk of landslides” in the heavy rains, “but people were hiding to go to the tunnels”, a Red Cross official said.

AFP

Lightning Strikes, Kills 16 In Rwanda Church

Lightning Strikes, Kills 16 In Rwanda Church
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At least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said Sunday.

Fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told AFP over the phone.

Two others died later from their injuries, he said.

He added that 140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many had already been discharged.

“Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition but they are getting better,” he said.

According to the mayor, a similar accident took place on Friday when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one of them.

AFP

Lightning Kills 51, Injures Many During Germany Festival

Germany-Lightning -FestivalAt least 51 people have been injured in western Germany with eight of them seriously hurt, after lightning struck at a rock festival on Saturday.

According to BBC, German Police say two people had to be resuscitated.

The organisers of the Rock am Ring festival, now in its 31st year, said that the 2016 event would continue.

They added that clear weather was expected later in the day.

The festival also suffered lightning strikes last year, when 33 people were hospitalised. .

Some 45,000 people are expected to attend the concert over the course of the weekend.

Central Europe has been hit by severe storms and rains over the past few weeks, leading to the death of 11 in Germany.