16 dead as lightning strikes church in Rwanda

By: Bisola Bello March 12, 2018

At least 16 people have been reported dead after a lightning struck Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, an official said.

Another 140 people were rushed to hospital and health centres.

The weather accident in the mountainous region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service.

“Doctors say that only three [more churchgoers] are in critical condition but they are getting better,” Mr Francois told AFP on Sunday.

The deadly church incident comes less than two weeks after the closure of more than 700 Rwandan churches for failing to comply with building regulations and for noise pollution.



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