Severe thunderstorms in Uganda have left 10 children dead and 4 injured.
The fatal accident took place near the city of Arua on Thursday, 27 August, when the children had been playing football.According to Lad Bible, even though the fourteen children (ages 9-16) had taken shelter in a nearby âgrass-thatched structureâ when the thunderstorm hit, nine of them were instantly killed after a bolt of lightning had struck the football field.
The tenth child had died on his way to the hospital and the remaining four survived but were left injured. The children have been identified by the Uganda Police Force in the following statement which was released on Facebook:
Source: Uganda Police Force (Facebook)
Negligent construction and the lack of lightning rods have been blamed.
During the wet seasons, fatal accidents like this one are commonly reported in Uganda. In 2011, 18 children and their teacher died after lightning had struck a school. At the time, BBCÂ reportedÂ that Ugandaâs Minister of State for Disaster PreparednessÂ Musa EcweruÂ had claimed that the deaths were as a result of a lack of lightning diverters: âThere are very many schools and brand new health centres which are lacking lightning arrestorsâ.Â What is more, he hadÂ explainedÂ that he believed âit was ânegligentâ of construction engineers to certify the buildings as safeâ.
Mr. Ecweru furtherÂ added,Â âI can assure you we are going to work with the relevant sectors to make sure that this is addressedâ.Â This claim was made nine years ago â today, we question why nine years later, a similar fatal accident occurred and cost the lives of 10 more children.
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