3 villagers killed, 18 injured by lightning strike in southern Tanzania

3 villagers killed, 18 injured by lightning strike in southern Tanzania
# 12 February 2024 01:27 (UTC +04:00)

Three villagers were killed and 18 others were injured by a lightning strike on Friday evening as they attended a funeral in the Lindi region in southern Tanzania, an official told Xinhua on Sunday, APA reports.

Abdallah Mputa, in charge of a health center in the Mtama area in the region, said the victims were hit by the lightning strike while they were attending a funeral of their fellow village.

"They were attending the funeral of a fellow villager when a heavy downpour triggered the lightning strike," said Mputa, adding that the lightning struck them at 4 p.m. local time.

The injured persons were still receiving medical treatment at the health center, he said.

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