TRAGEDY: Boy and girl die after being struck by lightning while on way home from school


IN a sad development, two pupils from Dabwa Primary School in Zaka District, Masvingo province were killed on Tuesday afternoon while three others were injured after being struck by a bolt of lightning while on their way home from school.

The two pupils — a boy and girl (names supplied) were both in Grade Five.

Although Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa could not immediately confirm the tragic incident as he said he was out of office, a teacher at the school who however, refused to be named, confirmed it.

The teacher said at the time of the lightning strike, the pupils were less than a kilometre from the school.

“The unfortunate incident happened on Tuesday and at around 1pm when the pupils were on their way home after they had been dismissed. The two were among a group of pupils walking home when a bolt of lightning struck them. Three of their mates that they were walking with were injured in the process.

“The frightened and injured pupils called for help and were assisted by passersby who ferried them to a nearby clinic. The passersby also tried to help the two victims but to no avail. It was strange really, because on the day when the incident occurred it was not even raining or drizzling,” the distraught teacher said.

The teacher said the injured pupils who were rushed to a nearby hospital where they received treatment had since been discharged.

The teacher added that some traumatised pupils were now reportedly refusing to return to school fearing a recurrence of the incident.

Meanwhile, cases of lightning strikes have been on the increase in the country and schools have fallen victim to such disasters and calls have also been made to install more lightning arresters in schools to reduce cases of pupils being struck.

In November last year two learners at Seke 1 High School in Chitungwiza were struck by a bolt of lightning while on their way from the school.

The learners, who were both 15, were ferried to a nearby hospital and were pronounced dead upon admission.

— BMetro

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