A 12 year old girl and a 16 year old boy both Standard 6 pupils at Dzenza Primary School in Lilongwe have died after being struck by lightening while making love in a maize guarden, Malawi Police have confirmed.
Kanengo Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sub-Inspector Labani Makalani identified the deceased as Patricia Guwe and Anderson Yohane who both hails from Mzondo Kachimbwinda Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chitukula in Lilongwe.
“The two were involved in a love affair and were chatting in a maize field when rain with thunder started. Their parents reported the matter to us and our officers visited the scene of the incident before taking the couple to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where medics confirmed they died of lightening,” said Makalani.
Meanwhile, Makalani has advised the general public that during thunderstorms, if they are outside, they should seek refugee in a car or grounded building and if away from a car or building, they stay clear of water bodies and tall objects like trees.
“For those inside, they should avoid taking a bath as well as washing dishes and should also avoid using landline phones, television as well as other appliances that conduct electricity while it is raining” said Makalani.
There is no absolute protection from lightning, but measures can be taken to reduce the risk of getting struck and the injury severity.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :