Lightning claims two, Injures another

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The injured has only been identified as Brenda, a waitress at Legend pub.

Lightning has struck dead two children and injured a woman in two separate incidents in Soroti. The incident occurred on Monday evening at Olukei village in Lale parish in Kamuda Sub County and Legends pub in central ward of Soroti municipality. The deceased have been identified as 14-year-old Simon Robert Elumu, a senior student at Soroti senior secondary school and 8-year-old Josephine Asingo, a primary three pupil at Opuyo primary school.
The injured has only been identified as Brenda, a waitress at Legend pub. Moses Onyonge, an uncle to the deceased says that the children were killed after the lightning bolt struck the hut they were occupying. He explains that the hut caught fire and was reduced to ash. He says that two other children who were in the same hut escaped unhurt but are complaining of pain in the joint.
//Cue in:  It was around 8:30 pm…
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Brenda was struck by lightning while communication on phone along Soroti-Moroto highway. She is currently admitted at Soroti referral hospital. This first time lightning has struck Kamuda Sub County.
In 2010, lightning struck Aladoi village, Aminit parish, Kamuda County killing ten animals. Julius Oyuru, the Kamuda LC3 chairperson says the death of the minors is a huge loss to their families.
He says the parents of the minor he identifies as Peter Etimu, a staff at Soroti Catholic Development integrated Organization (SOCADIDO) and Norah Apeduno collapsed shortly after the death of their children, and were rushed to hospital for first aid.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.