16 killed as lightning strikes in Rwanda

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On Saturday, no less than 16 people were killed and dozens injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said on Sunday.

It was gathered that fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church, Local mayor Habitegeko Francois confirmed.

The incident, which happened in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service.

Mayor Habitegeko giving update on casualty rate said “Two others died later from their injuries, 140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, many had already been discharged. Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition but they are getting better.”

On Saturday, a lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda.

The deadly church incident comes less than two weeks after the closure of more than 700 Rwandan churches for failing to comply with building regulations and for noise pollution.  Local news outlet Panor Actu reported (in French) that a number of the closed churches did not have required lightning rods – devices intended to protect a structure from a lightning strike.

 

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