By Busiinge George
Four primary pupils died last week while five others are being hospitalized after lightning struck their school on Thursday afternoon in Hoima municipality.
The lighting struck St Prisca Primary School located in Nyarugabo cell, Kiduuma ward, Busiisi Division Hoima municipality, Hoima district.
The dead pupils have been identified as Evelyn Kasimere (P4), Macklin Kusemererwa (P6), Jackeline Karungi (P5) and Diana Kusiima (P6).
Those injured and hospitalized at Hoima regional referral hospital are; 14 year old Steven Asiimwe (P5), 11 year old Jorine Kusemererwa (P3), Racheal Atugonza (P6) and Enid Basemera (P6) and another who was not be identified by press time.
Three pupils died on spot while one died on the way to Hoima referral hospital.
The school teacher, Hope Florence said the incident occurred during lunch time at around 1:00pm. She explained that the pupils had converged in their classes to take shelter of the rain when lightning struck the class.
The Hoima referral hospital administrator, Stephenson Agamba regretted the incident saying the injured students are in a stable condition.
By Thursday evening, parents and relatives of the aggrieved families were flocking Hoima hospital in a somber mood.
The Hoima district Security Committee Chairman and the Residence District Commissioner have directed private school directors to install lightning arresters in their schools.
The incident comes less than a month after lightning struck Kifumura government aided primary school in Buhanika sub-county, Hoima district injuring at least 24 pupils.
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