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Lightning strikes 8 pupils in W. Pokot

01 August 2013, 12:44 Mwangi Karanja

Eight pupils from Roponywo primary school in West Pokot County have been admitted at Kapenguria district hospital after they were struck by lightning Wednesday evening following a heavy downpour in the area.

The 5pm incident that also left many with minor injuries occurred as the pupils were preparing to go home.

“We saw a bright flash of light before the lightning struck and injured our friends but teachers came to their rescue and rushed them to hospital," said one of the pupils.

No lightning arresters in schools

The County political leaders led by the area County Rep Richard Mastaluk said that the government has done very little in addressing the issue as the area is prone to lightning and no lightning arresters has been installed in schools saying that it threatens lives of school going children and other residents.

“Every year our people die but no action has since been taken to avert it and yet it can be prevented,” he said.

Kapenguria hospital officials confirmed that eight pupils had been admitted with injuries but were in stable condition and could be discharged by Friday.

Residents forced to flee their homes

This year alone, more than ten people have been killed by lightning leaving local leaders criticizing the government for slow response to disasters in the area.

The leader urged the government to urgently install lightning arresters in the area to help curb cases of lightning related disasters that have forced people in certain residential areas to flee their homes for fear of death.

“We want the government to channel fund to put lightning arresters at high areas to prevent such cases especially in schools in the area,” he noted.

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