Pupils struck by lightning at Okondjatu, one dies

24 Feb 2015 14:50pm
OKONDJATU, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – Two pupils of the Okondjatu Combined School were struck by lightning on their way home from school on Monday afternoon. One of them died instantly.
Okondjatu is situated more than 200 kilometres south-east of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed the natural disaster to Nampa upon enquiry Tuesday morning.
The incident happened at about 17h00.
The lightning bolt killed 13-year-old Pekakarua Kaaronda on the spot.
His close relatives are already informed.
His Grade Seven textbooks which were in his school bag were burned.
His mate, 12-year-old Tjipene Keja, sustained serious burns on his right arm.
Keja, who is in Grade Six, was first taken to Okondjatu Clinic before being transferred to the Okakarara State Hospital the same afternoon.
The lightning incident sent shockwaves around the area.
It is alleged that this is the first-ever lightning incident on a human being there.
An inquest docket was opened at the Okondjatu Police Station on Monday, and investigations continue.