In the Samfya District of Luapula Province, TWO individuals were killed by lightning and ONE was left alive.
Grace Mwansa, who passed away, and Reagan Kasongo, her son, both of Mansa District, age seven, have been recognized as the deceased.
In the meantime, Chilufya Mwansa, 28, of Lusaka’s Mtendere Township, survived despite having lightning burns.
According to police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale, the incident happened on March 20, 2023, at around 19:00 in the Samfya District’s Makasa neighborhood.
“Brief facts of the incident are that on the fateful day, members of an Association called March and Associate were in Samfya District where they were working under a project of strengthening the livelihood of women under the Gewel program. The three were struck when Chilufya Mwansa was interviewing Grace Mwansa who was with her child. Grace Mwansa sustained burns on her chest while her son had no visible injuries,” he said.
The victims, according to Mr. Mwale, were taken by ambulance to Musaila Mini-Hospital, where the two were immediately pronounced dead.
He claimed that while Chilufya Mwansa, who suffered burns to his back, is being treated at Musaila Mini-hospital, the dead had been placed in the morgue of the same hospital pending postmortem and burial.
According to Mr. Mwale, police have started an investigation into the event.