Uganda lightning strikes kill 15 in 1 week

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Posted: Jun 28, 2011 9:20 AM
Uganda lightning strikes kill 15 in 1 week

Officials in Uganda say a recent spate of lightning strikes has killed 15 people in one week.

Several police officials across the East African nation cited incidents. In all, they said 52 people have also been wounded by the strikes.

Police official Ivan Kimalyo said Tuesday that a strike last week killed three school children who were playing soccer outside. He says 10 children were wounded in that incident in eastern Uganda. He says another strike three days later killed one child and injured six others.

Three radio stations also say recent lightning has damaged their transmission equipment.

Meteorologist Ken Kizza Aderi says the lack of lightning conductors on buildings could be partly responsible for the deaths.