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Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 5 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 6 of 9   0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 7 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Festival,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Sat, 04/09/2011 06:10 PM Injured 9 of 9  0.0  Morganton NC 
  taking shelter under canopy    Canopy,Dogs,Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,Taking Shelter 
Wed, 04/06/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 students  0.0  Vizianagaram  
  in a farm field    Farming,Field,Outside 
Wed, 04/06/2011 12:00 PM unknown lightning conductors given to villagers  0.0   
 South Africa 
Lightning conductors will be provided to villagers in rural areas, particularly in the Eastern Cape, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has said. This followed the recent deaths of more than 30 people in lightning strikes, said department spokesperson Mtobeli Mxotwa. He said torrential rain had destroyed several families homes and that fast-flowing water had swept away residents crops in eight provinces. For those whose houses were damaged during stormy weather, the department is providing emergency shelter, said Mxotwa. Solar energy, gel stoves and lamps are also being provided to the families during these trying times, until permanent houses can be erected. The department aims to help the destitute in all affected provinces, Mxotwa said. Apart from Eastern Cape, relief was also already being provided to flood victims in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State.  Sap
Wed, 04/06/2011 08:20 PM Injured Richie Amoncio  26.0  Davao City  
  sitting on terrace    Outside,Porch 
A MAN who was just seated on a terrace landed in the hospital after he was struck by lightning Tuesday night. Based on records of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the victim was identified as Richie Amoncio, 26, a resident of Purok Tandawan, Barangay Magtuod, Davao City. Post your online prayers for Japan earthquake victims The victim's father said that Richie was seated at their terrace around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when lightning struck him and left him unconscious. As of Wednesday morning, the victim was still undergoing treatment at the SPMC. Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy is also undergoing treatment at the SPMC after he was gored by a carabao around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The victim was identified as Jeff Lloyd Palen, a resident of Barangay Dominga, Calinan district. Palen was reportedly tending to the carabao when the animal was irked and gored him. One side of the victim's body was seriously wounded and he is still undergoing treatment. (AD) Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 07, 2011.
Tue, 04/05/2011 09:30 PM Injured Joleigh Rozelle 1 of 2  23.0  Ashland AL 
  on headset at McDonalds  N/A  headset,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
ASHLAND, ALA. (WBRC) - Two women working the drive-thru window at an Ashland McDonalds were injured Monday night after lightning struck in the area. The Ashland Police Department received a call from the restaurant on Highway 9 around 9:30 p.m. Two women who were working at the drive-thru wearing headsets were complaining of head pain, said Chief Benny Davis. Davis said hes not sure how it happened, but somehow the lightning had an effect on their headsets. Local rescue units were unable to respond because of the severe storms, so police units took the women, Joleigh Rozelle, 23, and Devin Baker, 30, to nearby Clay County Hospital. The restaurants assistant manager said both women were doing fine Tuesday morning. Copyright 2011 WBRC. All rights reserved.
Tue, 04/05/2011 09:30 PM Injured Devin Baker 2 0f 2  30.0  Ashland AL 
  on headset at McDonalds    headset,Indirect,Indoors,Work 
see Joleigh Rozelle
Mon, 04/04/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed 2 injured  0.0  Orissa Bargarh 
  taking shelter in a shed    Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning strike kills three in Orissa Bargarh, April 4 : Three people, including a minor, were killed and two sustained critical injuries in Orissa's Bargarh district Monday after a shed where they had taken shelter was struck by a lightning, police said. The incident took place near Tora village near the district headquarter Bargarh, some 380 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. The five had taken shelter in the shed near an abandoned stone quarry due to inclement weather, police officer Ramakanta Sai told IANS. Three people died on the spot, while the rest were taken to a local hospital, he added.
Mon, 04/04/2011 07:20 PM Injured Crystal Phelps   0.0  Knoxville TN 
  struck arm thru open window  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
KNOXVILLE  Two people have been sent to area hospitals and a dog is dead this evening after lightning bounced off a tree and struck at least three houses in Northeast Knoxville, authorities said. According to the Knoxville Fire Department, lightning struck a tree behind a house at 5209 McIntyre Road at about 7:20 p.m. The lightning apparently bounced off the tree, blowing a hole in the side of the house and destroying a bathroom inside, officials. Three people inside the residence were not hurt, but their dog was killed in the back yard, authorities said. The lightning also struck a house at 5203 McIntyre  injuring a woman and then across the street at 5202 McIntyre, where it injured a man who was sitting in the homes basement, officials said. The extent of the injuries to the unidentified man and woman was not immediately available. More details as they develop online and in Tuesdays News Sentinel. © 2011, Knoxville News Sentinel Co. Residents on McIntyre Street in North Knoxville still can't believe lightning struck their neighborhood during Monday night's storm. "We heard a big boom, and then I saw the lightning hit my arm," said Crystal Phelps. Phelps said she was laying on the couch in her living room when lightning struck her right arm through an open window. "It was like a red flash, red and purple, and blue, all at the same kind of burnt," said Phelps. She was taken to the hospital, put on oxygen, and monitored for several hours. She said doctors told her a person's organs can fail after being struck by lightning. They monitored her kidney's, but eventually sent her home. Tuesday she's still feeling the effects of the bolt. "I have blurry vision in my right eye. Muscles down the right side of me ache," said Phelps. Phelp's neighbor three doors down is also a victim in mother nature's fury.
Mon, 04/04/2011 07:20 PM Injured John Easton  0.0  Knoxville TN 
  sitting in basement  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
Phelp's neighbor three doors down is also a victim in mother nature's fury. Knoxville Fire Department officials think the bolt first struck a huge tree in Tommy Best's backyard. Then it traveled to his home and spread to Phelp's home and a third across the street. Fire officials said John Easton was in the third home at the time lightning struck. He was taken to the hospital with burns to his feet; they were touching metal when the current traveled through his basement apartment. Neighbors said Easton is out of the hospital. The bolt also destroyed Tommy Best's bathroom. It ripped a huge hole in the exterior wall, exposed pipes, and started a small fire in the home's basement. "My nerves are ruined," said Best,"we just heard a loud bang. It sounded like an explosion, like a bomb went off." Best was home with his wife and 11-year-old son during the storm. The lightning also killed his dog, Shiloh, who was tied to a tree so he wouldn't run off. No one else at the Best's home was injured. "I knew lightning was dangerous, but I never knew it could do this kind of damage," said Best. The Best's plan to rebuild their bathroom after they deal with their insurance company. Crystal Phelps is home resting, trying to move past being struck by lightning. She is grateful mother nature didn't unleash a more powerful current. "Someone was looking out for us. It could have been worse," said Phelps.
Mon, 04/04/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed   0.0  Malda 
  farming    Farming,Field,Outside 
Two killed in lightning in Malda PTI | 08:04 PM,Apr 04,2011 Malda (WB), Apr 4(PTI) Two persons died when lightning struck during a storm in separate incidents in Malda district today, official sources said. While Sushil Sarkar (43)died when lighting struck his farmland where he was working at Iswarganj, Kusum Ghosh (46) lost her life similarly at Adina village. The storm damaged several houses and uprooted a large number of trees and electrict poles in Old Malda area, the sources said.
Thu, 03/31/2011 08:22 AM Injured school worker  0.0  Holiday FL 
  blowing leaves under covered court    Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,School,Work 
Holiday, FL -- A custodial employee at Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday was apparently shocked by lightning Thursday morning. It happened at 8:22 a.m., which is about an hour and twenty minutes before the start of school. Photo Gallery: Pictures of today's storms and storm damage The man is a custodial employee and was blowing away leaves underneath a covered basketball court when it happened, the school's principal said. The man and another custodian are believed to have been the only people on campus at the time. They were working in different areas of the school, making their rounds to open up the campus for the day. Principal Chris Clayton said, from what the school's staff can tell, a bolt of lightning struck somewhere close by the covered basketball court. Soon after that, a teacher who was getting to school spotted the custodian hunched over and clearly stunned. "He's been an employee here for over 25 years, he's very devoted to the school, he's a hard worker, and everybody loves him," the principal said. "As a matter of fact, he called me and told me he was okay from the hospital and he wanted to come back to work. And, of course, I told him to take the day off." It does not appear that a lightning bolt went through the man's body. He was alert and responsive when paramedics took him to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital as a precaution. The Pasco County School District is not releasing the man's name because of healthcare privacy laws. Grayson Kamm, 10 News
Tue, 03/29/2011 12:00 PM Killed Kaling Pertin  0.0  Itanagar  
  playing cricket    Cricket,Ground Strike,Indirect,School,Sports Field 
Lightning kills student, cattle in Arunachal TNN, Mar 29, 2011, 10.39pm IST ITANAGAR: A college student and 22 cattleheads died while another student was injured when a lightning hit Roing and Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday evening. According to sources here on Tuesday, Kaling Pertin, a final year student of Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu was killed when a thunderbolt struck him on Monday when the victim was playing cricket with his friends at the playground of the college's boys hostel in the afternoon. Another student was also st
Fri, 03/25/2011 04:00 PM Killed i killed 6 wonded  13.0  Tagum city Davao del Norte 
  inside school    Indirect,Indoors,School 
Lightning kills girl inside school Published : Thursday, March 31, 2011 00:00 Article Views : 232 A GIRL was killed while six others were wounded by a lightning inside their school in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. The fatality was identified as Hazel Grace Deguilmo, 13, of Barangay San Miguel. She was a student of the Laureta National High School. She was declared dead on arrival at the Davao Regional Hospital. Undergoing treatment in the same hospital are Jenny Beltran, 15; Kate Jacklyn Meparanum,13; Rico Lumando,17; Roselyn Monte,20, Herlyn Libres,13 and Ivy Marie Malacaste,13. Belated reports reaching the office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council revealed that the victims were struck by lightning at 4 p.m. last March 25 inside the Laureta National High School in Tagum City. Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca
Thu, 03/24/2011 12:00 PM Killed Dr Lynne Dowd  51.0  Haenertsburg  
 South Africa 
      Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
Doctor remembered for her kindness March 30, 2011 Ads by Google Angie's List Find The Best Doctor In Your Area. Read Local Reviews & Choose! A Sydney doctor killed by lightning in a freak accident in South Africa has been remembered as a kind and caring woman who was happy-go-lucky. Lynne Dowd was bushwalking with her husband Bruce and four other friends at Limpopo last week when the weather turned on them, the website iAfrica reported. They were struck by a bolt of lightning at Brawn's Knob, about 22 kilometres outside Haenertsburg. Advertisement: Story continues below Everyone in the group suffered burns, but Dr Dowd, 51, was the only one who didn't regain consciousness and the mother of two died on Friday. Dr Dowd had worked at a medical practice in Gladesville, in northwest Sydney, for 22 years. She had been popular among staff and patients, fellow GP Louis Gallo said. "She was a caring doctor, she will be sadly missed by myself and the patients," Dr Gallo told AAP on Tuesday, adding that the practice had been inundated by calls of support from patients. Dr Gallo said Dr Dowd was "happy go lucky" and bubbly and was held "in very high regard from everyone in the community". In addition to her work at the medical centre in Gladesville, Dr Dowd was flown by the Royal Flying Doctor (RFD) Service every eight weeks to visit the small central NSW town of Lake Cargelligo. She was needed there because the town doesn't have a female doctor. "She would fly in for two days. She dealt mostly in women's issues," said Sheree Quinn, a program coordinator for the RFD. The Lake Cargelligo trips had been part of Dr Dowd's routine for four-and-a half years. "She was always looking for something else to do," Ms Quinn said. "She would ask if there were more clinics she could go to. "She was well respected. Every one (at Lake Cargelligo) is deeply sad." Dr Dowd had a special interest in indigenous communities and often went to the Northern Territory to do additional work, Ms Quinn added. A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said the government was working to bring Dr Dowd's body home. "The High Commission in Pretoria is liaising with the funeral director who is responsible for the repatriation of the woman's body to Australia," the spokeswoman said in a statement. AAP
Thu, 03/24/2011 unknown Sarah Rimboch  0.0  Bowling Green OH 
      Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside,School,Umbrella 
Hi there, I live in Bowling Green, Ohio and am a student at BGSU. I was struck by lightning today! Actually, I guess my umbrella was struck, but it took me by such surprise. The metal on the top of my umbrella allowed the electric current to flow all the way down the handle and it shocked my right hand and I even heard the noise of it flowing through the umbrella. It was really scary. I'm alright, but my hand feels sort of tight/sore compared to my other hand. It odviously didn't strike me with too much strength, thank God, but I'm worried now that I could have side effects from it or something. Hopefully it's just a little sore and it will go away. Do you have any thoughts about it?? Thanks!
Mon, 03/14/2011 02:00 PM Killed Koketso Tladi  14.0  Protea Glen Soweto 
 South Africa 
  on a soccer field    Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Shock as lightning hits soccer-mad boy MAR 14, 2011 | SIBONGILE MASHABA | 35 COMMENTS Koketso Tladi (aged 14), of Protea Glen in Soweto, died instantly at the local ground where his team, Super Boys United, was playing Sea Rovers from Naledi in the Protea Zonal League TRAUMATISED: Friends at the home of Koketso Tladi who died after he was struck by lightning at a soccer match in Soweto RELATED ARTICLES Families mourn kids Lightning kills 6 - including 5 from one family JOSEPHINE Tsiu, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was struck dead by lightning on Saturday, yesterday said her son was so crazy about football that even an injury could not keep him from the game. Koketso, of Protea Glen in Soweto, died instantly at the local ground where his team, Super Boys United, was playing Sea Rovers from Naledi in the Protea Zonal League. The distraught and grieving mother said her son had sneaked out of home for the love of soccer despite nursing an injury. Tsiu said her son fell and injured his arm two weeks ago and they had an agreement that he would stay away from practice until he was properly healed. Koketso, who was the referee, and 12 others were struck by a thunderbolt on Saturday afternoon in a soccer field. Two boys who were seriously injured are still in hospital while the others were treated for minor injuries and shock. "It seems he had been sneaking out to go to practice. He hadn't been playing when the lightning struck him but was the referee," Tsiu said, holding back tears. "He was a humble son and was very helpful. You could never tell when he was angry." Super Boys United is a development side for Platinum Stars. His friends and teammates could not hold back their tears when they arrived at his home yesterday. Dennis Boshomane, 15, who was also injured, said there were about 15 spectators. "It hurts. I didn't expect this to happen. When lightning struck, I opened my eyes and no one was standing. I was treated for shock," he said in a shaky voice. "Koketso was determined and worked hard. My friend was talented and was a good runner." Pastor Nelson Baloyi from the Temple of Grace told the family and other mourners: "The boys are very traumatised. I brought them here because they wanted to. "They have all received counselling from the church and will continue receiving it until they recover." He offered to help the family and give them support. Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Percy Morokane said chaplains would be dispatched to the families of those affected to provide counselling. "They will be given emotional support until their situation has improved. "Their families have suffered secondary trauma and will also be counselled. Those who witnessed or have been touched by the incident should also go to the nearest fire station and receive counselling," he said.
Mon, 03/14/2011 12:00 PM Killed 24 dead last 4 months  0.0  Soweto 
 South Africa 
Families mourn kids MAR 14, 2011 | CORRINNE LOUW | 5 COMMENTS LIGHTNING unleashed a wave of destruction in Kwazulu-Natal on Saturday night, killing one young person while another was allegedly struck to death in Welbedacht near Chatsworth RELATED ARTICLES Shock as lightning hits soccer-mad boy This brings to 24 the number of people killed by lightening in the province over the past four months. Sphamandla Zwane, 19, was struck by lightning while Siphosethu Ngxola, 17, was electrocuted while trying to help Zwane. Zwane, who had gone to a temporary housing settlement near his home to watch a soccer match on television, was allegedly killed while trying to save Ngxola's life. The corrugated iron house in which Ngxola was preparing a meal was allegedly struck by a lightening bolt that killed him. Vernon Mchunu, spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube, said: "Zwane was allegedly killed when he tripped over one of the illegal electricity connection that informal settlements are known for." Ngxola's mother, Nonsapho. was inconsolable over the death of her son who would have completed high school this year. The residents of Welbedach have been living in the temporary corrugated iron housing shelters for the past four years in the hope of one day getting their own RDP houses. Dube said action would be taken to paint the corrugated zinc houses. The houses are currently silver - a prime conductor of lightning. The tragedy comes three days after a mother and her four children were burnt to death when their rondavel was struck by lightning last Wednesday night in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. On Friday Dube said her department was working with national government to get funding to put up lightning conductors in parts of the province. In Lamontville, south of Durban, two families were lucky to escape with their lives when a massive mud slide caused by Saturday night's storm washed away their homes. Fikile Msomi said her family was watching television when mud from a nearby river bank was forcibly pushed into their home.
Mon, 03/14/2011 12:00 PM Injured man   49.0  CA 
  setting up camp    Boy Scouts,Ground Strike,Indirect,Near Trees,Outside 
Man Struck by Lightning and Survives HE WAS WALKING AROUND WHEN POLICE ARRIVED By the Associated Press Posted May 16, 2011 12:19 PM CDT STORY COMMENTS (2) Do you like this story? 6 Share (AP)  A man was struck by lightning in California on Saturdayand survived. He was hit while helping set up tents for a Boy Scout outing, according to police. The 49-year-old, who police are choosing not to identify, was standing by a tree in Industry, Calif., when he was struck; no children were nearby. The man was up and walking around when police arrived, though he was treated later at a hospital for a wound where the lightning bolt apparently exited his
Wed, 03/09/2011 11:00 AM Injured 2nd grader  0.0  Crestview FL 
  near light switch  N/A  Indirect,Indoors 
12:19 p.m. update: A second-grader at Northwood Elementary was shocked when lightning shot from a light switch, struck his neck and traveled down his arm. Paramedics took the child to North Okaloosa Medical Center and he was transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola because of his age. His vitals were said to be good and his parents are being notified. 2nd grader struck by lightning in Fla. Student was sitting near light socket Updated: Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 1:54 PM CST Published : Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 1:39 PM CST CRESTVIEW, Florida (WALA) - A second grader in Okaloosa County, Florida was struck by lightning during Wednesdays storms. Kay McKinley with the school system said Northview Elementary in Crestview was struck by lightning. The lightning traveled through the wiring and out through a light switch. A student sitting near the light switch was struck in the neck and the current traveled down the students arm. The student was just near the light switch, and had not touched it. McKinley says the student was sent to North Okaloosa Medical Center for observation. Although he appeared to be fine, the facility sent him to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. No other injuries have been reported.
Wed, 03/09/2011 11:00 PM Injured teen  0.0  Milton FL 
  touching door handle  N/A  Ground Strike,Indirect,Outside 
A Milton teenager has been transported to Santa Rosa Medical Center in stable condition after suffering an indirect lightning strike, Tsubooka said. The teen was touching a door handle at the Learning Academy, 5800 block of Stewart Street, when lightning struck nearby.
Sun, 02/20/2011 12:00 PM Killed 2 children  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 South Africa 
Lightning kills two 2011-02-20 22:01 Related Links Lightning kills man, injures 7 Horror scene at lightning strike 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Johannesburg - Two children died after being struck by lightning in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, over the weekend, the province's co-operative governance ministry said on Sunday. Reports indicated that the children were in neighbouring homes when the lightning struck on Saturday, spokesperson Vernon Mchunu said in a statement. The department said it would assist with funeral costs. Disaster management teams were deployed to the area to assist with blankets, shelter and food. - SAPA
Thu, 02/17/2011 03:00 PM Injured football team  0.0  Bogota  
  on sports field    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Thu, 02/17/2011 06:00 PM Injured 9 people  0.0  Ilam  
9 hurt in lightning Added At: 2011-02-17 11:37 PM Last Updated At: 2011-02-17 11:37 PM HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE ILAM: Nine people were hurt, three critically, when lightning struck the district yesterday evening. The injured are Prem Kumari Tamang (32) and Ishworjung Gurung of Ilam municipality-8, Singfrig, Chandamaya Limbu (60) and Nandamaya Jabegu (30) of Jitpur-7, Bimala Rai (16) and Mamata Jabegu (20) of Jitpur-1. Similarly, Kabita Limbu (14), Anil Limbu (26) and Yogesh Limbu (12) of the same family were also injured. Lightning also destroyed property worth Rs 1,15000 when it struck the house of Tej Bahadur Karki of Ilam municipality-8, Singfrig, yesterday
Fri, 02/11/2011 04:00 PM Killed 1 dead 3 injured  0.0  Negros Occindental 
  construction site     
Lightning kills woman in Negros Posted at 02/11/2011 11:05 AM | Updated as of 02/11/2011 11:05 AM MANILA, Philippines - A woman died and 3 men were hurt after they were hit by a lightning at a construction site in Ilog, Negros Occidental on Thursday afternoon. Killed was Eva Seledono, who owns a store near the dam under construction in Barangay Balicotoc. Seledono's sons, Cheyem and Felix, and a mechanic identified as Alvin Enriquez suffered burn wounds. Rosanel Samillo, a relative of the victims, said the lightning struck past 4 p.m.. Samillo said that the lightning directly hit the store of Seledono, hitting the victims. -- Report from Mark Salanga, ABS-CBN Negros
Thu, 02/10/2011 12:00 PM Injured truck driver  0.0   
Scooby Doo Monster Truck driver struck by lightning 10 Feb, 2011 11:10 AM Scooby Doo Monster Truck driver Troy Garcia was thrown off his monster truck wheel after being struck by lightning on Friday in Whyalla. The incident took place just before 3pm when Mr Garcia had to change the battery in the truck. He said he had been outside for no longer than 10 minutes. The last thing I remember, I seen the spark and bang I was off the tyre, he said. He described the lightning like a long spark you would see from a gas lighter used to ignite stove tops. The full details about the incident appear in the Whyalla News on Thursday, February 10.
Tue, 02/08/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 killed 1 injured  0.0  Tawau 
February 08, 2011 17:09 PM Lightning Kills Estate Worker TAWAU, Feb 8 (Bernama) -- An estate worker from Felda Kalabakan Utara 1 here was killed while his friend suffered serious injuries after being struck by lightning during a downpour here last Sunday. District Police Chief ACP Ibrahim Chin said the deceased was identified as Alin Mohamad, 40, while the injured worker was identified as Harun Kasmuri, 41. The victims, both Indonesians, were found by their friends at about 6.30pm. Harun was later admitted at the Tawau Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Police believe both victims took shelter under a zinc roofed hut in the plantation after their work when lightening struck them. -- BERNAMA
Sat, 02/05/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead 7 injured  0.0  Libode Mthatha 
 South Africa 
Lightning kills man, injures 7 2011-02-05 23:04 Related Links Climber killed by lightning Eastern Cape man killed by lightning 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Dube calls for lightning probe Four killed by lightning in Eastern Cape Johannesburg - A 58-year-old man was killed and seven children aged between one and 19 were injured after being struck by lightning in Libode, outside Mthatha on Saturday, Eastern Cape police said. The man was killed while he was inside a rondavel with five children, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said. The five children a 1-year-old, two 12-year-olds, a 6-year-old and a 19-year-old were seriously injured. Two other children, aged 15 and 16 from a nearby house were also injured when they were struck by lightning. "There were thunder storms in the area at about 17:00," Fatyela said. - SAPA
Tue, 02/01/2011 12:00 PM unknown Mixon v Greywold  0.0  MS 
  legal  N/A  Legal 
Jolt from lightning strike sparks benefits for shoulder injuries In Mississippi, a presumption of total occupational loss of a member arises only when a worker demonstrates that he has been unable, despite reasonable attempts, to find suitable employment. Case name: Mixon v. Greywolf Drilling Co., L.P., No. 2009-WC-01536-COA (Miss. Ct. App. 12/14/10). Ruling: The Mississippi Court of Appeals held that a worker struck by lightning while working was entitled to benefits for his injuries. Related Coverage Deputy sheriff can't secure medical benefits for back problems (11/16/09) After foiled attempt to deny benefits, Wal-Mart entitled to subrogation credit (04/01/10) Florida court trims lawn care services from award (08/19/10) First employer on hook for later surgery costs (08/23/10) Voluntary removal from workforce supports suspension of benefits (03/02/09) What it means: In Mississippi, a presumption of total occupational loss of a member arises only when a worker demonstrates that he has been unable, despite reasonable attempts, to find suitable employment. Summary: A floorhand on an oil rig was working when a storm blew in. The floorhand was standing over a drainage pit that had begun to overflow due to the rain storm. Lightning struck somewhere close to or on the rig and the floorhand felt electricity go through his body. The floorhand did not see the lightning strike the oil rig, but he heard the crack of the lightning and was "jolted up" and "driven back." His vision became hazy, and he experienced uncontrollable shaking, so he went to the emergency room. Over the next several days, his shoulders began to hurt. He suffered from a torn rotator cuff. The rig terminated his employment the day after the incident. The floorhand began working odd jobs to sustain himself and secured a full-time position on a ship. The floorhand sought benefits. The Mississippi Court of Appeals held that the floorhand was entitled to benefits for his injuries. The rig argued that there was no causal connection between the floorhand's shoulder injuries and the lightning incident. The court disagreed, stating that multiple doctors testified that the floorhand's shoulder injuries were caused by the lightning strike. Although the doctors assumed that the floorhand was thrown, the floorhand's testimony supported the doctors' opinions. The floorhand argued that he should be entitled to benefits for a 100 percent occupational loss. The court noted that the floorhand was working in a field of his usual employment based on his past job experience. The court also mentioned that the floorhand's loss of use of his arms was not total because he returned to work on a full-time basis performing work that he was qualified for. Additionally, the work required the use of his arms. The floorhand also argued that his average weekly wage should be higher. The floorhand's work schedule was seven days on, seven days off, and a 12-hour per day workday. The court found that the floorhand's "off" weeks should be excluded from the calculation of benefits. Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage. January 24, 2011 Copyright 2011© LRP Publications
Tue, 02/01/2011 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead   0.0  Sao Paulo  
Storms, floods kill 6 in southern Brazil Severe floods triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people in southern Brazil and driven thousands from their homes. The Associated Press SAO PAULO  Severe floods triggered by torrential downpours have killed at least six people in southern Brazil and driven thousands from their homes. The Civil Defense department in Santa Catarina state says the floods that began in mid-January have forced nearly 21,000 people to leave their homes and 71 cities to declare a state of emergency. The department said in a statement Tuesday that four of the victims drowned, one was electrocuted by a loose power line and one was struck by lightning. The floods come on the heels of the devastating downpours and mudslides that hit the mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro last month, killing nearly 900 people. In 2008, floods and mudslides killed more than 100 people and displaced 80,000 people in Santa Catarina. E-mail article Print Share More from our network Semen in yogurt linked to NM grocery store worker (Seattle Times Nation & World) Second-graders report sex in California classroom (Seattle Times Nation & World) Woman, 70, dies after being hit by minivan in Seattle (Seattle Times The Blotter) Guilty plea in hate crime attack on West Seattle teen (Seattle Times The Blotter) Thomas makes Naismith list; McDonald's snubs Wroten (Seattle Times Husky Men's Basketball Blog) More from the Web Selected for you by a Sponsor Is the Era of Innovation Over? (OPEN Forum) Defense comptroller: Military wants 80 to 100 new bombers ( Why Automated Targeting Can Be Your Secret Weapon (ZippyCart Blog ) Blake Griffin - Off the Glass Throw Down (MySpace) Burglar Proofing Your Home (Man of the House) [what's this] More Nation & World UPDATE - 12:19 PM Bahrain forces fire on protesters; 50 injured Crowds call for death of Iran opposition leaders Clashes in Jordan injure 8 protesters UPDATE - 12:32 PM Egypt military says won't allow continued strikes Iraqi protesters demand better services in oil hub More Nation & World headlines... News where, when and how you want it On Facebook On Twitter On your phone On your doorstep Newsline Daily E-mail A roundup of the top headlines from news, sports, business, editorial and entertainment. Sent daily. (Sample) All newslettersPrivacy statement Comments (0) Hide comments / Show comments No comments have been posted to this article. Start the conversation. Read all comments / Share your thoughts Get home delivery today! Video Police block protesters' path on Capitol Hill As protestoes marched towards the Seattle Police precinct in Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, their path was blocked by lines of police in several locations. Protesters march through downtown, fueled by prosecutor's decision Williams family supporters protest in City Hall Diaz: Firearms Review Board determined Williams shooting unjustified Public reacts at McGinn's press conference Williams family attorney reacts to prosecutor's decision Satterberg: Officer Birk will not be charged Officer Ian Birk describes Williams' posture Officer Ian Birk testifies during inquest Raw video | The new Boeing 747-8 unveiled More videos AP Video Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech Marketplace shopping Fashion The iconic Chinese dress gets a modern makeover at Pala Pala Dress Boutique More daily find events for Friday, Feb. 18 Market Street Shoes' Make Room for Spring Sale Denim After Dark at Madewell REI Winter Clearance Save 50 percent or more at The Tea Cozy Yarn Shop More shopping events editors' picks Vintage, consignment and used clothing Spas & beauty salons Maternity shopping Local jewelry designers More shopping guides Most readMost commentedMost e-mailed Rare photo shows 8 cougars on game trail Haggen family sells majority ownership of grocery chain to Florida firm Unemployed need not apply, some firms say Despite injuries, Washington defeats Arizona State, 79-62 Man killed in wrong-way crash; Interstate 5 closed Friday morning Officer Birk quits after SPD rebuke Hwy. 520 toll transponders weren't quite 'Good to Go' Driver's license proposal stokes heated debate Why is it so hard to prosecute a cop? A question of malice Woman believes Green River killer raped her 31 years ago Most viewed images
Mon, 01/31/2011 12:00 PM unknown bad safety info  0.0  Fl 
      Bad Safety info,Education 
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross announced that they will again team up to sponsor Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week from January 31  February 4, 2011. Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Floridians to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for these natural events. During each day of the Week, a different weather event that may affect Florida will be highlighted: The focus on Monday, January 31 is Lightning With an average of 1.4 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes each year, no other state in the country experiences more lightning strikes than Florida. Lightning is very dangerous and can travel as far as 10 miles from a thunderstorm! So while it may not be raining at your location, lightning can still reach you. The key to remaining safe from a lightning strike is to keep an eye to the sky and watch for darkening skies on the horizon along with distant rumbles of thunder. The two main tips to remember about lightning safety are: being outside is never safe during a thunderstorm and if you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be struck by lightning! Always remember the 30/30 rule: Go inside if you hear thunder within 30 seconds of a lightning flash. Wait at least 30 minutes after you hear thunder before going back outside. Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week - Monday's Focus Is On Lightning View Monday's Focus on Lightning Video
Wed, 01/26/2011 02:00 PM Killed Heiko Tillwick  29.0  Johannesburg  
 South Africa 
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing,Outside 
Climber killed by lightning 2011-01-26 10:17 Heiko Tillwick (Climb SA website) Galleries · User Galleries · News in Pictures Send us your pictures · Send us your stories Related Links Four killed by lightning in Eastern Cape Eastern Cape man killed by lightning 7 killed by lightning strike in KZN Danger of lightning underestimated Weather Looking at topics such as - the weather Wind, cloud, tornadoes, twisters and more. Was R207.95 Now R176.76 BUY NOW Buks Viljoen, Beeld Johannesburg - An experienced mountain climber from Johannesburg died when he was struck by lightning in Waterval-Boven in Mpumalanga over the weekend. Heiko Tillwick, 29, an IT specialist at Standard Bank in Johannesburg, sustained serious burns and his backpack and clothes also had burn marks. Waterval-Boven police warrant officer Alwyn Venter said Tillwick's socks melted in his shoes due to the intense heat. "There was also an ugly burn mark and deep wound to the side of his head. This is presumably where he was hit by lightning." Loud cracks of thunder Tillwick, a member of the Johannesburg branch of the Mountain Club of South Africa, had gone to Waterval-Boven for the weekend with a group of mountaineering friends. Tillwick and a group of climbers went to climb Hallucinogen Wall, a popular cliff about 8km outside the town, for the last time on Sunday afternoon. He apparently told the group at about 15:00 that he would start climbing a cliff of about 20m as he wanted to go home earlier. Shortly after he reached the top of the cliff in Elandskloof in the foothills of the Drakensberg, there were two loud cracks of thunder. According to Alex Janse van Rensburg, co-owner of Rock & Rope Adventures in the town, none of the climbers paid any attention to it. "When they climbed the cliff and walked along the footpath on the plateau a while later, they saw Tillwick lying on the ground," said Janse van Rensburg. Venter said Tillwick's body lay in the path about a kilometre from the camping area where the climbers had spent the weekend. Unusual An inquest was held on Tuesday. Tillwick went to Waterval-Boven at least twice a month to go climbing. His wife, Irene, didn't go along this time. Dean van der Merwe, spokesperson of the Mountain Club of South Africa's search and rescue team in Gauteng, said it was extremely unusual for climbers or hikers to be struck by lightning. "Heike's case shows, however, that it can happen and people who walk or climb in mountains should be careful if there is lightning in the area. You should take steps early on to look for shelter but if you can't, squat down on your haunches, feet together with your arms around your knees." Tillwick's mother, Anna-Marie Tillwick, said on Tuesday on the mountain club's website that he will be buried on Friday.
Fri, 01/21/2011 04:00 PM Killed farmer  27.0  Vatawai Ba 
Your views Ba farmer dies by lightening strike Read or post your comments Ba farmer dies by lightening strike Publish date/time: 21/01/2011 [16:48] Print this page Email this page A 27 year old farmer of Vatawai, Ba died after he was struck by lightening yesterday afternoon. The farmer was hunting for pigs up in the hills with a 17 year old villager while it was raining and he was struck by lightening. He died instantly. Police went to the scene and managed to bring his body to the Ba Mission hospital where doctors confirmed that he was struck by lightning
Thu, 01/20/2011 12:00 PM Killed boy   17.0   
Boy (17) killed by lightning 04 January, 2011 10:39:00 By Sibusisiwe Ngozo Font size: LAST Thursdays thunder showers did not only bring joy to farmers, but despair to a Vilakati family when one of their children was struck by lightning. The storm did not only claim the life of a boy, but also destroyed several homes in other areas of the country. The lightning incident that claimed the life of a 17-year-old Vilakati boy of Mahlabatsini in Gege happened in the late afternoon hours of Thursday. He died about 300 metres away from home, where he was later found. It was reported that lightning first struck on Wednesday in the same area but fortunately no one was injured. It was said that it struck a place which was mostly used by women vendors, but on the day no one was inside. Gege Member of Parliament Musa Kunene confirmed the incident. He said the boy was with another one from the grazing land when they were struck by the lightning. Kunene said the boys ran home when they realised that the thunderstorms were worsening. The other one was fast enough, while the deceased followed behind and when the first reached home he thought his brother was coming only to discover that he was dead, said Kunene. The MP said the deceased was found after the rains had subsided, when the family went in search of him and his body was discovered a few metres away from home. We were all shocked by such, especially the fact that he died a few metres away from home. He has not been buried, he said. In Mpolonjeni in the outskirts of Mbabane, some families were also not spared by last Thursdays storm. Mbabane and surrounding areas received a huge downpour on the day which lasted for about two hours, but left huge damage in some areas. Motshane MP Robert Magongo confirmed that on Thursday in his constituency three homesteads were affected by the storms. We were fortunate as no one was injured, but only roofs were blown off in the three homesteads which are situated in close proximity. Baphalali Red Cross Society helped us a lot on the day and now the National Disaster Management Agency has taken over, he said.
Tue, 01/18/2011 12:00 PM Killed trainer killed player injured  61.0  Buenos Aires  
  playing soccer    Ground Strike,Outside,Soccer,Sports Field 
Racing loses masseur, player injured due to storm César Nardi, the teams trainer. Racings football practice was interrupted in the early evening Tuesday, when lightning struck the Open Door field and César Nardi, the teams masseur, was killed by the impact. The incident occurred during the middle of a fierce electrical storm while Miguel Ángel Russo's team was practicing. Nardi lost his life at 61, and is said to have been working in the Racing club in the Buenos Aires Provincial area of Luján, for ten years. The teams masseur was not the only one affected: defender Brian Lluy was also injured by the impact and was being treated in Luján Hospital. It has been reported that his life is not in danger. The players were preparing for their match against Estudiantes de La Plata when the storm hit the complex.
Fri, 01/14/2011 12:00 PM unknown thunderstorms and antimatter  0.0   
Forget the Hadron Collider, thunderstorms shoot bursts of antimatter into space every day By: Jeffrey Van Camp "January 12, 20110digg Share 52 Scientists have discovered that thunderstorms emit bursts of antimatter into space. Trekkers, you can start blueprinting those warp drives now. Scientists have finally found antimatter, and its emitted every time lightning strikes, reports the American Astronomical Society. Antimatter, though usually the subject of science fiction, is the opposite of matter. In antimatter, protons have negative charges, electrons have positive charges, etc. Though lightning storms have been known to spur gamma-ray flashes, the Fermi telescope has discovered that they also shoot out electrons and antimatter positrons. This is the first time antimatter has been discovered, incontrovertibly, in thunderstorms. The Fermi telescope is designed to study gamma-ray bursts both distant and near. The BBC explains: When gamma rays pass near the nuclei of atoms, they can turn their energy into two particles: an electron-positron pair. Because electrons and positrons are charged, they align along the Earths magnetic field lines and can travel vast distances, gathered into tightly focused beams of matter and antimatter heading in opposite directions. The dance of light and matter continues when positrons encounter electrons again; they recombine and produce a flash of light of a precise and characteristic colour. It is this colour of light, picked up by the Fermis GBM, that is a giveaway that antimatter has been produced. The magnetic field can transport the particles vast distances before this characteristic flash, and one of the Fermi detections was from a storm that was happening completely beyond the horizon. Scientists say this discovery helps us better understand the nature of lightning and gamma-rays. It is more difficult to say what, if any, impact this will have on science in the short term. Before now, antimatter could only be created at huge collider facilities like CERN. Knowledgeable on antimatter? Comment and let us know what your thoughts are. Is there any practical value to knowing where to find antimatter?
Wed, 01/12/2011 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed 9 injured  0.0  Buenos Aires  
Lightning kills 4, injures 9 in Argentina Jan 12, 2011, 16:17 GMT Buenos Aires - Lightning killed four people and injured nine more in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentine health authorities said Wednesday. The storm on Tuesday claimed the lives of two children who were at a daytime summer camp, the massage therapist of the top-flight football club Racing Avellaneda who was struck during the team's training session and another adult. Four children are among the injured. The life of one of them, aged 7, hung in the balance after lightning caused cardiac arrest. The children had just gotten out of the swimming pool at their camp in the Buenos Aires suburb of Florencio Varela and were walking among trees when they were struck by lightning. Massage therapist Cesar Nardi, 61, collapsed during Racing's training session in the suburb of Open Door. He was taken to hospital and died soon afterwards. Defender Brian Lluy was also struck, although his condition was not serious.
Wed, 01/12/2011 07:00 PM Killed fisherman  0.0   
Lightning kills Sinazongwe fisherman By Sandra Lombe Wed 12 Jan. 2011, 04:00 CAT [548 Reads, 0 Comment(s)] Text size Print A 35-year-old fisherman of Sinazongwe has died after he was struck by lightning as he was preparing food near Lake Kariba. Southern Province police commanding officer Lemmy Kajoba yesterday named the deceased as Alarm Sikanyolo of Kanyemba village in chief Mweembas area. Kajoba said the incident happened on Sunday around 17:00 hours as Sikanyolo was about to prepare food while his friends were fishing on Lake Kariba. » More from Home News » Homepage
Mon, 01/10/2011 11:00 AM Injured Steve Chamberlin  62.0  St. Johns Golf & Country Club Fl 
  standing on the 8th hole, after alert sounded  N/A  Golf Course,Ground Strike,Outside 
Man Struck By Lightning While Golfing Golfer Taken To Hospital In Good Condition POSTED: Monday, January 10, 2011 UPDATED: 5:05 pm EST January 10, 2011 A lightning strike caused the ground to split on the eighth hole of the St. Johns Golf and Country Club golf course. ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man was injured by a lightning strike while he was golfing at St. Johns Golf and Country Club near County Road 210 on Monday morning. St. Johns County Deputy Graham Harris said 62-year-old Steve Chamberlin was struck while he was standing on the eighth hole at about 11 a.m. Harris said Chamberlin's friends took him to the clubhouse, and Chamberlin was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South in good condition. Two men who were golfing with Chamberlin said they did not hear the lighting alarm, but were told by a passerby that play had ceased, according to a police report. The men acknowledged that person and decided to finish the hole before leaving the golf course, deputies said. Shortly after the passerby left, the lighting struck, knocking Chamberlin to the ground, according to deputies. Immediately, after being struck, Chamberlin was conscious and awake and told his friends he couldn't walk or feel his legs, deputies said. Chamberlin's friends lifted him to the golf cart and took him to the front parking lot of the clubhouse, where rescuers tended to him, deputies said. The ground where the lightning struck could be seen split in several areas. Copyright 2011 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Man Hit on Golf Course Comments (6) Recommend (2) Print Email Article Larger Smaller Viewer Content LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Steve Chamberlin has played five or six rounds of golf in the last three weeks. He knows that because it was three weeks ago he was struck by lightning while playing at St. Johns Golf and Country Club. "I played with the same clubs," he said while holding his 8-iron. It has a black and blue burn where the lightning exited on the club head. He's in a great mood. Maybe that's because he knows how lucky his is. "I talked to a golf pro who knew two people struck, one died instantly, the other was never the same person again." The strike happened just before a line of storms moved through Monday, January 10, right around 11:45 in the morning. He says some employees of the golf course had come out to tell them it was time to head in. "And the three of us looked and decided we can finish," they were on the last hole of a Monday scramble. "So I said I was game, then I went to grab a club and I saw the explosion, that was a big mistake." He said his arms and legs felt like they were on fire, and he was numb from the waist down. He was taken to the hospital, where he spent one night. He was back on the golf course two days later. "I would have played the next day, but my whole body was sore," he said. Chamberlin is holding on to all the mementos from the day: His burned irons, a melted grip and the charred shirt he was wearing. He says they'll be a constant reminder to never make that mistake again. "It changed the way I'll play in a storm, if I hear thunder, I'm heading to the house. You may think you can finish, not really, you may not ever finish."
Mon, 01/10/2011 12:00 PM Killed 7 people  0.0   
Ekunha  Seven people died between January 02 and 10,in Tchikala village, Ekunha District, central Huambo Province, victim of lightning, on Tuesday here announced the chieftain Daniel Chingula, ANGOP has learnt. The heavy rains and lightning also caused the death of 16 heads of cattle, destroyed 70 hectares of plantations of sweet potato, beans and maize. Meanwhile, 87 residences were also destroyed by the rains and lightning, living 98 families homeless.
Sun, 01/09/2011 12:00 PM unknown KwaZulu-Natal  0.0   
 South Africa 
What's up with the weather - War declared on lightning MEC asks for a probe after recent spate of fatal incidents Jan 9, 2011 12:03 AM | By SUBASHNI NAIDOO Why are the rural people of KwaZulu-Natal so prone to lightning strikes? That's a question that has left a KwaZulu-Natal MEC so perplexed that she's called for a full-scale national probe. Share 9 RELATED ARTICLES Granny 'back from the dead' after floods demolish her mud house in Ladysmith Desperate crush to cool off in Cape heatwave Residents count the costs of Vaal River's flooding Man's impact 'disrupting natural cycles' And, says Nomusa Dube, the MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs, her department is prepared to "fight" and wage war against the pesky freaks of nature that have claimed several lives in the country over the past month. "We can't stop an act of God but as people we can't die without a fight," said her spokesman, Lennox Mabaso, this week. He said Dube wants to know from the Department of Science and Technology why remote, rural areas are more prone to incidents of lightning. But meteorologist Mark Todd says: "South Africa has always been prone to severe lightning. It's just a factor of our climate. Most of our rainfall in our summer rainfall areas comes from thundershowers, and lightning has always been a danger and unfortunately lives are lost." He said a large factor which contributed to deaths in rural areas was the type of dwellings people lived in. "If you are in a solidly built house you are generally very safe from lightning. However, if you are living in a metal shack or a hut with a thatched roof, lightning will unfortunately penetrate and kill people inside as the roof material is not lightning-resistant." Dube this week visited Makhimba near Mpumazi in Eshowe, where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning last week. Eight people were also killed by lightning in the Eastern Cape on New Year's Day. At a function held at a crèche in Pongola late last year, seven people, including a toddler, died and 60 were injured when lightning struck a marquee. Mabaso said the probe was to establish why there had been frequent lightning strikes with more fatalities, and why some places were more susceptible than others. "This phenomenon seems to be new." Mabaso said Dube had turned to the Department of Science and Technology for help because she wants to give people advice on how they can protect themselves. "People have been saying, place an iron rod on the roof but that is not based on scientific evidence and we understand lightning to be a scientific issue as well." Department s pokesman Lunga Ngqengelele said they would do what they could to find a solution to the problem. During 2005, the South African Weather Service installed a network of 24 highly sensitive lightning sensors around the country. Said project manager Georgie George: "These sensors have a detection efficiency of over 95% and can pinpoint a cloud-to-ground lightning strike with up to 500m accuracy." He said the data collected from the sensors is critical in safeguarding the power generation and communications industry infrastructure. "The same technology, together with that of the national radar network and the satellite stations, provides the forecasters with the tools to be able to issue specific warnings to local disaster management agencies and local municipalities of impending danger." He said though there was sufficient data, the way information was being provided to the rural public posed a problem. Such warnings were either "not taken seriously or cannot be acted on as a result of a lack of adequate infrastructure". "Rural communities are particularly vulnerable due to the construction of the dwellings, which are often on high points and surrounded by trees, with no lightning conductors or earth protection," he said.
Wed, 01/05/2011 12:00 PM Killed 3 dead  0.0  Chipinge  
Harare Tue25° C18° CWed26° C18° C Select your city HOMENEWSSPORTBUSINESSENTERTAINMENTCOLUMNISTSCLASSIFIEDSPROPERTY NEWS | NATIONAL | GENERAL Lightning kills three in Chipinge OBEY MANAYITI | HARARE - Jan 05 2011 19:14 0 comments | Post your comment Three people were killed by lightning in Chipinge last week, in separate incidents. In one of the incidents, the victims husband and three children sustained injuries after the hut they were in caught fire, while another person was struck ploughing in his field and yet another was killed after seeking shelter under a tree from the rains on her way home. Chipinge is one of the districts in Zimbabwe where superstitious beliefs, especially associated with witchcraft and lightning, are rife. Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Brian Makomeke confirmed in an interview with NewsDay yesterday the three had been struck on December 30 and 31. Mary Simango (40) was struck and killed by lightning as she was sitting in her bedroom hut along with her husband Albert Simango (51) and their three children, Makomeke said. What happened is that their bedroom hut was burnt to ashes as Mary got struck by the bolt. The three children sustained considerable injuries and they were rushed to Mt Selinda Hospital in Chipinge where they were admitted. The incident happened at Village A1 in the Tazviona area in Chipinge. In a separate incident but in the same district, 21-year-old Florence Magaha was killed by a lightning bolt while sitting under a tree where she had sought shelter from heavy rains that caught her as she was walking on a footpath. Her body was discovered by a fellow villager, David Masuku, who then made a police report. On the same day a 36-year-old man, Elias Muchaendayo of Gwinji village in Chief Musikavanhu area, was struck by lightning while ploughing in his field.
Tue, 01/04/2011 12:00 PM Killed 7 people  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 South Africa 
Lightning strike kills 7 in South Africa Home » News » World Tue, 4 Jan 2011 News: World South African police say seven people from neighboring families have been killed in a lightning strike. Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge said the victims were members of two families in adjacent homes. The exact circumstances remained unclear, but police said the victims were burned beyond recognition. Among the dead were four children, including two toddlers. One other family member remains hospitalized in critical condition following the Sunday afternoon storm in Eshowe, located in KwaZulu-Natal province. The family members were the latest victims of deadly storms in South Africa. In neighboring Eastern Cape province, four others were killed and 20 injured in a New Year's Day lightning strike.
Mon, 01/03/2011 12:00 PM Killed 11 killed  0.0  KwaZulu-Natal province 
 South Africa 
Lightning claims 11 in E Cape, KZN January 3 2011 at 08:47pm Two children and a woman are being treated in hospital after they were struck by lightning in the Ngsebe village, near Cofimvaba and Ngcobo, the Eastern Cape. Photo: Eleven people, including four children, died when they were struck by lightning in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape during the New Year's weekend, police said on Monday. Four were killed and 20 others injured in Mamolweni, Eastern Cape, on Saturday night. Police initially said on Sunday that eight people had died. A day later, seven people died and two were injured in Eshowe, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Of the 20 injured in Mamolweni, 12 were still in a critical condition in hospital, said Captain Zamukulungisa Jozana. Eight were treated and discharged. Police said families were shattered and homes destroyed in the thunderstorm. Families were supposed to be celebrating the New Year and instead they are planning to bury their loved ones, Jozana told Sapa. In Mamolweni, all the deceased were neighbours living on the same street. KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the local government ministry was attending to the affected families in Eshowe and providing counselling. Other officials were expected to visit the area on Monday. All the deceased had been identified and mass funerals would be held in both provinces. Only KwaZulu-Natal was able to release the names of the deceased who were members of the Mahaye and Cele families. They are Velephi Mahaye, 60, Aphiliswa Mahaye, two, Senamile Mahaye, three, Edith Cele, 57, Nokuzola Cele, 37, Lindani Cele, 12, and Thandolwethue Cele, two. - Sapa
Mon, 01/03/2011 12:00 PM Injured climber  17.0  Mount Tomah  
Police have slammed a teenage rock climber for not carrying an emergency beacon, saying it 'hampered' efforts to rescue him after he was injured when lightning struck him in the Blue Mountains yesterday. The 17-year-old and a friend in his 20s walked out of Pierces Pass, near Mount Tomah with the help of the Blue Mountains Police Rescue Squad just after 1pm - about 13 hours after they had called triple-0 for help. Rescuers from the Blue Mountains Police Rescue Squad, Ambulance SCAT and Rural Fire Service officers spent more than five hours trekking through difficult terrain in the dark last night to reach the pair after the triple-0 call about 8.20pm, where they found the boy suffering from back and leg injuries. Advertisement: Story continues below But they were unable to winch the teen and his friend out of the bushland by helicopter because of difficult weather conditions and instead camped in the area overnight, NSW Ambulance spokesman Craig Pusser said. Today, rescuers took a few hours to reach the pair and the five emergency services officers accompanying them. Police said the boy 'failed to ensure proper preparations', including carrying an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) with him. They compared the rescue of three canoeists along Colo River, Colo Heights last Monday, where the trio were 'quickly and easily' found as they had activated an emergency beacon to the 'lengthy rescue' of the teenage boy today. Rescuers pleaded with hikers and canoists to carry an emergency beacon whenever they embarked on expeditions, adding that an activated beacon would be monitored by satellite's from a search and rescue centre in Canberra. Lightning 'not forecasted' Guy Moxley, a local mountain guide with more than 10 years' climbing experience, said the area was popular with rock climbers and had some well-established climbs. He added that it was possible the two climbers may not have been aware of the weather closing in around them yesterday as the weather above and around them could have been quite different. "Storms can build up and if you are rock climbing, you may not even know that the storms are building up around you," Mr Moxley said. "When you look above, it's blue sky, but the storms could be building up further south and they go across the Blue Mountains towards the Penrith-Richmond-Windsor area." Mr Moxley said that when he had looked at the weather forecast yesterday, he did not see any storm warnings, although a change came in around 1.30pm. "All I saw was that the forecast was sunny and today ... a change was coming through. There may have been [warnings], but I didn't see any warnings for lightning or thunderstorms. "Looking at the way the weather rolled around yesterday, the weather did change a bit [around the Katoomba and Leura area]. It was hot until around 1.30pm and it started to build up and rumble." Last Thursday, a 55-year-old man died after he fell up to 80 metres down a cliff at Mt Piddington in the Mount Victoria region in the Blue Mountains. The day before, a 44-year-old man suffered multiple injuries after he smashed against a cliff near Margarine Ridge, in the Grose Valley, also in the Blue Mountains. Ads by Google
Sun, 01/02/2011 12:00 PM Killed 4 killed at funeral  0.0  Nyabdebi Eastern Cape 
 South Africa 
Jan 2, 2011 2:44 PM | By Sapa Four people were killed when lightning struck as they were having a ceremony for a deceased man in Nyandeni, near Lebode in the Eastern Cape, the area's mayor said. Share 7 Eskom powerlines Photograph by: KEVIN SUTHERLAND RELATED ARTICLES Seven die in KZN lightning strike MEC calls for lightning probe "Four people were killed and three others hospitalised when they were struck by lightning on Saturday," Nyandeni mayor, Thokozile Sokanyile, said. She said they were having a ceremony a year after a woman's husband died when lightning struck between 2pm and 3pm. Social development had gone to the families to do counselling and Sokanyile planned to go and visit them on Monday. The mayor, however, said there was no further information available about the deceased at the moment. Sokanyile said the incident comes after three members of a family were also killed nearby in Lebode on December 29 when their house was hit by lightning.
Sat, 01/01/2011 12:00 PM Injured Golfer killed 2 injured  60.0  Laguna National Golf Course Changi 
    N/A  Golf Course,Outside,Raining 
The Straits Times Singapore Home > Breaking News > Singapore > Story Jan 1, 2011 Golfer survives lightning strike with burns By Grace Chua A GOLFER in his 60s was struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon on a golf course near Changi, but survived with burns to his head and hand. The skies were cloudy and there was a slight drizzle, but there was no lightning warning at the time, said golfers at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club. Normally, a siren sounds to warn golfers to get off the course. The siren at the neighbouring Tanah Merah Country Club is also audible from Laguna National, and it too did not sound. A golfer in her 50s, who declined to be named, said: 'It was very sudden lightning without any warning. We were on the 11th or 12th hole and he was on the 18th... I think lightning struck his driver and the current went through that way.' The Singapore Civil Defence Force was called at 3.25pm, its spokesman said. The man was conscious when he was sent to Changi General Hospital in an ambulance, which got there at 3.47pm. Mr Chen Yuk Fu, 62, was struck by lightning while playing golf at Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Changi. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE WHEN she heard the shocking news that her husband had been struck by lightning, Mrs Chen knew she had to provide him with whatever help he needed. 'I spent the whole night reading up on lightning strike victims, what they go through, and how they feel, so I can take care of him,' said the 50-year-old, who did not want to give her full name. Her husband, Mr Chen Yuk Fu, 62, regained consciousness on Sunday - more than 10 hours after he was struck while playing golf last Saturday afternoon. Mrs Chen has visited him in the intensive care unit of Changi General Hospital, where he is in a stable condition. She said she was relieved he could recognise her. She told The Straits Times how she cried for hours until she lost her voice, after a friend told her about the accident at Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Changi. Mr Chen, a technology firm director, suffered burns to his head, neck and han
Sat, 01/01/2011 12:00 PM Injured 75 people last year  0.0   
75 lightning strikes, 24 rat bites and people falling off the TOILET: The bizarre injuries seen in A&E departments this year By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 4:25 PM on 31st December 2010 Comments (21) Add to My Stories Rat bites accounted for 24 hospital admissions in Britain in the last year Yearly hospital admissions data has revealed a host of unusual reasons for trips to the emergency room. Seventy five people needed treatment for lightning strikes, according to the NHS figures. There were 460 admissions nationally for injuries from a powered lawn mower, 1,120 from wasp, bee or hornet incidents, 30 due to cataclysmic storms and 24 for rat bites. The figures come from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) inpatient data for the financial year ending April 2010. Sadly the raw data doesn't explain curiosities such as four admissions due to a prolonged stay in a weightless environment. There were 3,680 injured riders or passengers on animal-drawn vehicles and 6,419 people who fell on or off a ladder. Four people were admitted for exposure to noise. The ice and snow took a huge toll, with 18,570 patients admitted after winter falls. There were 1,419 patients who fell out of trees and 310 injuries from contact with plant thorns, spines and sharp leaves. And 2,079 admissions from falls when being carried or supported by other persons (including being dropped) and 46,463 were due to a fall on the same level (including falling from or off a toilet). Meanwhile 18,613 admissions were due to striking against or being struck by other objects (including walking into a wall). Read more:

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