5 Killed by Lightning in Kabale

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A total of five people have been confirmed dead after being struck by lightning in separate incidents in Kabale. Among the dead are a mother and her two sons and a wife who was trying to harvest rain water.

A total of five people have been confirmed dead after being struck by lightning in separate incidents.
The first incident took place in the sub county of Rwamucucu in Rukiga County where 22 year old Fortunate Ainembabazi was struck by lightning as she harvested rain water.
The same downpour went ahead to destroy the house that the deceased was living in.
Edison Naturinda Bushoberwa, the husband to the deceased, witnessed the incident. He says the house was brought down down by running water from the steep slopes behind the house shortly after Ainembabazi was struck by lightning.
The other incident took place in the sub county of Kashambya also in Rukiga county. Geoffrey Rukurukyu, a resident of Kamutungu village in Nyakagabagaba, was struck dead by lightning.
Three other people were also killed in the sub county of Nyamweru  where a mother and her two children were also struck dead.
Joniva Tibeingana (43) and her two children Ibra Niwamumpaire (20) and Given Tindimwebwa (17) were struck dead by lightning as heavy rains pounded the district.
All the lightning strikes took place during a heavy downpour in Thursday afternoon.
Kigezi regional Police spokesperson Elly Maate told Uganda Radio Network that it was unfortunate to lose five people in a single day and asked the locals in the area to always be careful whenever it is raining.
Maate says that the locals should desist from some acts such as walking in raining and getting in contact with water while it is raining as they harvest water.
Lightning strikes in the Kigezi region are quite common with the most affected areas being the district of Kisoro and Kabale.
Four were last evening struck dead by lightning in two separate locations in Kabale district.
Early this year four people were struck dead by lightning on the 31st of January.
 Some of the deceased included Bridget Turyashemererwa (6) , Joel and Katooto (14)  all residents of Shooko Village in Kibuga Pariah  Rubaya sub county.
Another victim was only identified as Ndyabihurira who was a visitor to the area from Karukaara in Hamurwa Sub County.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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