March 3, 2024

Lighting kills 10 in Kabale in one month

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The African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network (ACLENET) has expressed concern over increased number of  people  struck by lightning in greater Kabale districts.

Speaking to Nile post, Barnabas Akantambira, country coordinator  for ACLENET  highlighted that Greater Kabale which comprises of Kabale, Kisoro, Rubanda and Rukiga districts has recorded over ten people  killed  by lightning in one month since the year started.

He mentioned an incident on February 6, where one year old Paul Ahebwa was struck by lightning while in the bed whereas  Florence Twizerimana an 18-year-old a resident of Rikofe village in chibumba parish, Murora sub-county, and Flora Nyarandabazi,63 years old from Chibumba ward in chahafi town council were killed a day earlier on February  in separate incidents in Kisoro district.

More so, earlier on 15th January this year, lightning struck dead six cows and 12 sheep belonging to Fred Ishungisa a farmer from Ntugamo village in katenga parish, Kaharo sub-county of Kabale district.

“Cases of deaths by lightning have increased greatly and  so far 10 people have been struck dead in a period of one month,” Akantambira said.

He noted that the public needs to be sensitized  on what lightning is, adding that the public should disassociate from myths around lightning.

Akantambira said whereas lightning is natural, government ought to step in and provide protection measures to the population.

He urged locals to install lighting conductors on top of their buildings.

Nelson Tumushabe, the  meteorological officer for  Kabale district attributed the  increasing cases of lightning to climate change adding that since Kigezi is blessed with minerals, these could be attracting lightning.

Tukamushaba emphasized that there is need to install lightning conductors on top of the houses and putting on shoes with rubber soles.

Byamukama Simon, an environmental activist attributed this state of affairs to  to changing  atmospheric composition caused by human activities like  industrialization which affect  natural air.

“The main issue is related to climate as  human activities have accelerated a lot of pollutants especially carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that have changed the composition of atmospheric gases which in return are causing lightning,” Byamukama said.

He added  that there is need to sensitize as well as raise awareness among members of the public .

Nicholas Kamara, the MP for Kabale Municipality noted that lighting is natural but noted that  members of the  public should install lightning conductors.

“In terms of protection, government has nothing much to do but rather to educate people about the purpose of one having lightning conductors on the houses.”

Source: Nile Post


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