AN African Apostolic Church member died on Monday, while four others sustained various injuries after they were struck by a lightning bolt during a prayer session at an open space in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident and urged people to take precautionary measures to avoid fatalities or injuries when it is raining.
“The ZRP has noted with concern recent cases of fatalities as a result of lightning occurring around the country. The most recent occurred in Chitungwiza on January 25 around 6:30pm when members of African Apostolic Church (Mwazha) gathered at an open space in the Nyatsime area for a prayer session,” Charamba said.
“Following a heavy downpour, the congregation was struck by lightning. Five people sustained burns and were ferried to Chitungwiza Central Hospital, where one was pronounced dead upon arrival. The other three are in a stable condition, while the fourth is critical,” she said.
Several cases of people getting struck by lightning have been reported around the country since last year.