- No death cases were reported
- A pregnant mother was also struck while entering into her kitchen
- Lightning always causes injury and damage to the human body due to the transfer of large amounts of electrical charge flowing from cloud to ground
- Some portion of this moving electric current can pass through, over, or around a victim, causing the injury pattern
By Atiku Robert
Maracha- Lightning has struck four people during a down pour in Maracha over the weekend.
The four were rushed for treatment as they sustained injuries. The incident happened in Oluffe Sub County.
The were rushed for treatment at St. Joseph’s Private Hospital. An eye witness said the four were struck during some light rain with storms.
The four survivors include Antara Odraru 35 years old pregnant mother of Abaa village, Mundru Parish, Kennedy Afema 16 years old, Christine Inzikuru 17 years old and Vincent Agotre 8 years old, all residents of Kamaka Bura village in Kamaka Parish, Oluffe Sub County.
According to Denis Ochen, a Clinical officer attached to the hospital, said: “The three children were responding positively to medication. But the expectant mother is still recovering from the hospital and she will recover soon.”
Ochen advised the public not to take shelter under trees during rains and avoid talking on phone as well as switch off their radios when it is raining.
In 2011, there were several calls by government officials to install lightning conductors at education, health and religious institutions.
But some of the institutions have failed to install reportedly on grounds of the financial constraints while others have forgotten the importance of the conductors.
Past incidences across the region in 2012
In July five students were struck and injured in Koboko district
In July also, 23 pupils of Paidha Role Model were injured when lightning struck the school.
In August lightning struck dead two children from the same family in Itirikwa sub-county and injured five.
In Yumbe district, six people were also struck by lightning in July.
In Arua, 10 pupils of Muni primary school in Arua were also struck by lightning. And also a three year-old child, a pupil of Sacred Heart Nursery school, Evelyne Asianzu in was struck dead in August in Arua district.