Lightning kills dozens across Africa

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Ugandan officials say 22 students and a teacher died after lightning struck their school in the country's midwest.

Local Police Spokeswoman Zura Ganyana said Wednesday 51 students between the ages of 7 and 16 were injured Tuesday. She said the teacher who died was visiting the Runyanya primary school, about 160 miles west of Uganda's capital.

Zombo Education Official John Ojobi says another school 200 miles northwest of Kampala was also hit by lightning Tuesday, injuring 37 students and two teachers.

Meteorology experts say school buildings are being hit because they don't have lightning conductors and are built on high ground.

In the past few weeks, lightning strikes around the country have killed at least 38 people.

Authorities say 15 people in northeastern Nigeria have died from lightning strikes after strong thunderstorms swept through the region's rural pasturelands.

A spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday the deaths occurred in Gombe and Yobe states, killing eight men, four women and three children Tuesday.

Nigeria is experiencing its annual rainy season, with storms sweeping through its tropical south and arid north. Floods already are affecting the country, causing some drowning deaths.

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