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Tragedy as Lightening Strike kills 16 people and injures 140 others at church in Rwanda

  • Tragedy as Lightening Strike kills 16 people and injures 140 others at a church in Rwanda
  • This is an unusual weather event

At least 16 people were killed and 140 others injured when lightning struck a Seventh Day Adventist church in Rwanda.

A Rwandan Provincial Governor, Rose Mureshyankwano said 140 members of the church were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, where two are in serious condition.

The Governor further stated that 17 of those injured are still in the hospital while the rest have been discharged.

Lightning strikes are frequent across Rwanda, which has many hills and mountains, and the country’s police record a number of human and livestock deaths across the country.

The likelihood of a lightning strike killing so many people at once is incredibly low, as deaths usually take place one-by-one, not in large groups.


The deadliest incident likely took place in Luxembourg in 1807 when more than 300 people were killed at once when lightning struck a gunpowder factory, according to the History Channel.

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