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Twenty soccer fans struck by lightning in Teso

15 September 2014, 09:39 Jane Zack

Teso - About 20 football fans were injured on Saturday after they were struck by lightning in Teso North sub-County.

Over 50 fans were sheltering on the verandah of a shop at Kakapel trading centre in Angurai division when the lightning struck.

They had attended the launch of Prophet Joshua Felix tournament at Kakapel Primary Primary School grounds when rains started, moments after watching an exhibition match between Chamasiri and
Katakwa which the former won 4-1.

Area Assistant Chief, Moses Otori, said 12 people were rushed to Kocholia District hospital where four of them, all women, were admitted.

The rest were treated and discharged.

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Eight others were taken to the nearest Angurai health centre where they were treated and allowed to go home. The incident caused panic among families whose relatives attended the ceremony.

Among the women who were admitted at Kocholia district hospital included the wife of a Pastor and a Teacher of Kakapel Primary school. 

Wycliffe Emopus who escaped unhurt said, "I experienced a shock on the left side of my hand."

Isabella Imanya said she saw smoke and flames of fire while Diana Omanyala said she saw flames of fire and smoke before she lost consciousness. The Assistant Chief said such incidents are rare.

He appealed to the national government to install lighting arrestors in all learning institutions. Otori warned people against sheltering under trees or on verandas when it is raining saying such areas are prone to lightning strikes.

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