One of the victims, 14-year-old Ivan Twasiima, a pupil at Rwimi Preparatory School met his death a few meters from Rwimi Market.
Lightning has killed four children and injured six others in Kabalore district. The incident occurred on Thursday evening during a heavy down power. One of the victims, 14-year-old Ivan Twasiima, a pupil at Rwimi Preparatory School met his death a few meters from Rwimi Market. Byaruhanga Boaz, the father of Twasiima says that the deceased was vending vegetables with his 11-year-old sister Catherine Kobusinge and their friend David Kagaba at Rwimi Market at 7:00pm.
He says that when it started raining, the trio took shelter under a mango tree near Rwimi Health Centre III. He says that when they heard a thunderbolt, Kobusinge and Kagaba started running towards the health centre leaving Twasiima under the tree, where he was struck by the lightening. Kobusinge and Kagaba were injured and rushed to Kilembe Hospital in Kasese district in critical condition. In Kichwamba Sub County, two children from the same family were also killed by lightning.
The deceased are 7-year-old Beatrice Katuutu and her 15-year-old brother Moses Mugisa, residents of Busaiga village. Charles Kalija, the councilor for Kichwamba Sub County says that children were hit by lightning at about 6:30pm, while in the garden. Kalija says that two other children who were with the deceased were injured and rushed to Kichwamba Health Centre III for treatment.
In another incident, 12-year-old Hebert Mujuni was also struck by lightning while playing football at Kibitto playgrounds in Kibitto town council. Michael Ruhweza, the brother to the deceased says that at 7:00pm, Mujuni and two other children continued playing football when it was raining. According to Ruhweza, when they heard the sound of lightning, they rushed to the playground and found Mujuni dead. The two children were rushed to Kibitto health centre 1V.