Tears as lightning strikes 10 boys dead in Arua

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ARUA – It’s a bad Friday as 10 boys have been killed by the lightning in Arua district.

According to the Police, the deceased aged between 11-16 were playing football near Odramacaku trading center, Anzuu parish, Ayivu division in Arua city.

Police Spokesperson West Nile SP Angusia Josephine said that the incident happened at about 6 pm in the evening of Thursday, August 27, 2020, when the children took shelter from the rain in a grass-thatched structure next to the pitch.

The deceased are Andrua Samuel 16years, Awia Kennedy 13years, Andama Godfrey 13years, Bati Gasper 15years, Afeku Saviour 13years, Edema Jasiri 15years, Ocatre Patrick 13years, Asite Jordan 11years, Apajobo David 12years, Tom 13years, all-male juveniles.

“The children were playing at the pitch before taking shelter from the rain. Their bodies were being taken by relatives for burial,” she said in a statement.

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Police say that managed to survive and are currently “receiving treatment from a near by clinic are Ayikobua Martin 11years from Nyaute village, Munguci Boniface 14years from Nyaute village, Adriko Yofasi 14years from Gbuluku village and Andama Festo 9years from Gbuluku village.”

“Meanwhile out of the 4 survivors, 3 are still receiving treatment at a nearby health centre,” said Angucia.

She said it is a rainy season with a lot of lightning in WestNile and other similar incidences have been confirmed elsewhere in the same region.

“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,” reads an excerpt.

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