A Nine year old grade three pupil of Kashiba Primary School in Mwense district, Luapula Province has died after being struck by lightning.
Luapula Province Police Commissioner Hudson Namachila confirmed the development to ZANIS in Mwense district this morning.

Mr Namachila said the incident happened on Saturday around 15:00 hours after a heavy downpour which was characterised with thunderstorm.

The Police Commissioner revealed that the deceased, Priscilla Mwewa was in the house with her two siblings aged two and three years respectively, when the incident occurred.

He explained that the lightning also left the house on fire with
property worth thousands of Kwacha burnt to ashes while the other two children escaped unhurt.

And in a related development, a 22 year old man of chief Lubunda’s
area in Mwense district has also died after being bitten by a cobra
snake.

Chachacha ward councilor Agrippa Mwandu who confirmed the development in a telephone interview named the deceased as Kaluba Mpundu of Chibwe Kabuta village.

Mr Mwandu said the incident happened on Friday around 10:00 hours in a nearby bush were the deceased occasionally went to hunt.

The body of the deceased has since been buried.

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  2. Girl dies of lightening! Mwebantu! Firstly you cant die of lightening whatever this disease is.
    It should be Lightning kills girl.

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  3. Lighting killing someone indoors is unlikely unless the girl was in contact with an exposed conductor. At least that’s what my physics teacher taught me

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  4. Lighting killing someone indoors is unlikely unless the girl was in contact with an exposed conductor. At least that’s what my physics teacher taught me.
    I’ve had several encounters with cobras and often their first line of defence is spitting and am probably hearing of a bite for the first time. But with climate change naturality could just be falling out

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    • “And in a related development” the article writes, linking the death of the girl killed by lightening with the death of a man killed by a cobra.

      Could anyone please explain, how these two incidents are “related”???

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  5. Very sad news but the reporting is terrible. In what way can the snakebite be a “related development” to the lightning strike? Did the lightning somehow create the snake so the bite is somehow “related”?

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    • Both are killed by the circumstance in which they found them selves, thats the realtionship ba Kolwe imwe!!

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  6. The reporter has no basic knowledge of lightning. It strikes the highest point. Unless the gals head was protruding thru the roof. Iwe,just say witchcraft,we all know Luapula. Useless chap!!

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  7. You guys have made my day. @11 You are very right. I emanate from that region and such things are rife. It’s a pity an innocent girl was killed. If you go deeper into it you will discover that the parents have a connection. Someone may have wanted to get one of them but they also used charms to avoid being struck. So the victim was the girl.

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