Ten male Juveniles aged 11-16 were on Thursday evening killed by lightning at a football pitch. In addition, near Odramacaku trading centre, Anzuu parish, Ayivuni sub-county, Ayivu division, Arua.
The children were playing at the pitch before they took shelter from the rain in a grass-thatched structure next to the pitch.
The incident has been confirmed by Police PRO West Nile spokesperson, Angucia Josephine.
‘In Arua, police has confirmed an incident where 10 male juveniles between the ages of 11-16years hailing from the villages of Gbuluku and Nyaute were killed by lightning at a football pitch near Odramacaku trading centre, Anzuu parish, Ayivuni sub-county, Ayivu division, Arua City,” she said.
The deceased are Andrua Samuel 16yrs, Awia Kennedy 13yrs, Andama Godfrey 13yrs, Bati Gasper 15yrs, Afeku Saviour 13yrs. Also, Edema Jasiri 15yrs, Ocatre Patrick 13yrs, Asite Jordan 11yrs, Apajobo David 12yrs, Tom 13yrs.
For the moment, there are four survivors from the incident.
“Out of the 4 survivors, 3 are still receiving treatment at a nearby health centre,” Angucia said.
The 4 survivors some of who are still receiving treatment from a nearby clinic are Ayikobua Martin 11yrs from Nyaute village. Also, Munguci Boniface 14yrs from Nyaute village, Adriko Yofasi 14yrs from Gbuluku village and Andama Festo 9yrs from Gbuluku village.
According to Angucia, It is a rainy season with a lot of lightning in WestNile and other similar incidences have been confirmed elsewhere in the same region.
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“Its a very unfortunate and sad incident. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace and may the almighty God comfort the bereaved families in this trying moment. As for the injured, we pray for quick recovery,” she said.
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