Lightning strikes 13 pupils

THIRTEEN pupils of  Central Secondary School in Luanshya have sustained burns and cuts after being struck by lightning during Tuesday’s freak rains.
Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson Hillary Chipango said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened around 13:00 hours during an out-of-season downpour.
He said the pupils sustained minor burns and cuts and were treated at Roan General Hospital.
“There was a downpour in Luanshya yesterday (Tuesday) and around 13:00 hours, 13 pupils were struck by the lightning and sustained burns and cuts,” Mr Chipango said.
He also said the lightning left a trail of destruction after blowing off four roofing sheets and shattering window panes.
Mr Chipango said two stoves in the home economics department and a fridge were also damaged.
“The ministry is still trying to assess the cost of the damage,” Mr Chipango said.
He said Government will ensure that the damaged property is repaired quickly.
“Our officers are already on the ground and we will ensure that we find resources to repair the damaged property,” he said.

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