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Lightning strike kills 1, injuries 4 at Assin Akropong

At least four people are in critical condition and one person dead from a lightning strike at Assin Akropong in the Assin North District of the Central Region.

The deceased, Kojo Adu, 40, died at the stroke when the lighting burnt his stomach through to his waist.

A GHc50 note in his pocket also burnt in the process.

The mortal remains of the deceased have since been deposited at the St Francis Xavier Hospital morgue awaiting an autopsy.

The lightning strike victims were returning from the farm around 5:30 pm on Wednesday, when heavy rains accompanied by loud thunderstorms and lighting, forced them to run to a nearby house for shelter.

In the process, the lighting struck all the five people killing one while his others who survived including an 8-year-old boy are in critical condition at the St, Francis Xavier Hospital.

Family

The bereaved family has reacted to the untimely passing away of their son expressing regret and sorrow.

According to the family of the deceased, an eyewitness of the unfortunate incident broke the news to them.

“We were in the house where we heard the news that our beloved brother has died after he was struck by lightning so we proceeded to the scene and found out that is true, so,  we quickly rushed him to the hospital,” the family told the local media.

Lightning strikes during rainy seasons are fairly common in Ghana and often when it occurs and kills, it is believed the victims were cursed though scientists hold a different view.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

 

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