29 February 2016

Malawi: Lightning Kills Three in Lilongwe

Lilongwe — Lightning killed three men and injured one in Lilongwe on Friday afternoon in the city's low density Area 43 where the four were working, Police confirmed.

Lilongwe Police identified the three as Wedson Nkhunumbu,37, of Magombo Village, T/A Champiti, Ntcheu; Douglas Kachuma, 38, of Kaunde Village, T/A Mlumbe in Zomba; and 22-year-old, Isaac Ngolombe, from Donda Village, T/A Chimoka in Lilongwe.

The police further identified the survivor as Enusu Pinto, 23 from Kanyenda Village, T/A Maganga in Salima.

Lilongwe Police spokesperson, Kingsley Dandaula, told Mana that the men met their fate as they were working on the foundations of a brick fence on a plot belonging to one of the residents of the area.

"Rain started pouring and before the four men could find shelter lightning struck them killing Nkhunumbu, Kachuma and Ngolombe on spot while Pinto lied unconscious," explained Dandaula.

He said Pinto was treated as an outpatient at Kamuzu Central Hospital and that the bodies of the three were taken to the mortuary of the same hospital for postmortem.

The results of the postmortem revealed that the three had died of cardiac arrest, apparently caused by the lightning, according to Dandaula.

The death of the three brings the number people killed by lighting close to 20 just in the 2015/2016 rainy season alone.

Among others, lightning killed 3 people at a funeral ceremony in Phalombe in November 2015; four siblings in Kasungu in December 2015, two men in Dowa and two others in Dedza in November 2015.

On 29 December 2013, lightning killed 8 Seventh Day Adventist members during a church service in Area 36, Lilongwe.

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