Chikwawa Lightning Deaths Now at Six

Just a day after lightning struck dead five people in Chikwawa district, a 44-year-old woman has also been killed early morning Thursday at Ngowe area in same district to bring the total to six.

The woman, Gertrude Thuzi of Masanduko village, met her fate as she slept on the veranda of her house in the hot rainy weather of Chikwawa.

Until the latest incident, lightning had struck dead five people in separate incidents in Chikwawa on Tuesday alone, a development authorities in the district expressed worried with.

Senior Chief Ngabu told Zodiak on Wednesday said that a woman from Khokhwa village has also been struck dead by lightning on her way home from hospital.

“We always want rains but when they start on such bad note, it brings a lot of grief.

“But all the same, I will be advising my people to follow weather updates and take good measures to avoid such untimely deaths,” said Ngabu.

Police spokesperson, Sargent Foster Benjamin, told us police have recorded deaths of three people struck by lightning at Mpinganjira village in Ngabu as they returned from working in the gardens.

“Two sisters and a four-year-old daughter have been killed by lightning at Ngabu,” said Benjamin.

Police say the three--Maria Zuze, 27, Falesi Balankinyu, 35, and the daughter were killed Tuesday.

Bodies were taken to Ngabu Rural Hospital where postmortem confirmed death by electrocution.

Police are advising people to stay indoors and avoiding seeking shelter under trees when it rains.

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