Horror as lighting strike kills 10 children after game of football

A lightning bolt killed some 10 children after it struck in a remote Ugandan town near the Congo border as the kids shielded themselves from the rain.

According to local media, 14 children, aged between nine to 16, protected themselves from the downpour in a grass-thatched structure after they played football in a field near Arua City.

It was reported that nine children aged between 13 and 15 were killed by the lightning while another child died while being taken to hospital.

Authorities later added that four other children had been injured in the freak incident.

The killings come as the north-west of Uganda was hit by severe thunderstorms.

During the wetter seasons it is common for deadly lightning cases to occur in the East African nation.

In 2011, 18 schoolchildren were killed at a school in the mid-western region of the country.

Numerous classrooms in the country are not equipped to handle powerful lightning strikes and do not have lightning diverters.

That same year, 28 people died from lightning strikes in a single week.

But, in February this year, four endangered mountain gorillas were also killed in a deadly strike that hit a Ugandan national park.

Earlier this year, Daily Star Online reported that an 11-year-old boy was killed by lightning while he was out in the rain with his friends.

uan Sebastian Brito Vega was playing in an electrical storm in the streets of San Juan del Cesar, in the northeastern Colombian department of La Guajira.

He was tragically hit by a lightning bolt as he was playing, witnesses told local media the youngster was left motionless on the ground.

Local residents heard the crash of the lightning and rushed to the scene, with the youngster being taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

Witnesses said it was not common for electrical storms to occur in the area.

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