Lightning kills 7 in Bikita

BIKITA – Seven people were yesterday struck and killed by a bolt of lightning at Mugwinyi village in Chief Mazungunye area in Bikita.

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The incident occurred on Monday at around 1630 hrs at Marian Nebvuma’s homestead.

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Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident, adding that all the deceased were in two separate thatched huts when the lightning bolt struck.

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The bodies of the deceased were ferried to Silveira Mission mortuary awaiting burial.

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The names of the seven deceased are Marian Nebvuma (32), Fadzai Chenjerai (11), Gloria Chenjerai (5), Odrey Masunda (4), Esther Muchakagara (5) and Crywind Mugwinyi (6) and Claudia Mugwinyi (4).

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Meanwhile, the joint operations command team in Harare toured several places around the capital to assess the trail of destruction caused by the recent heavy rains.

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Several houses in Marbelreign, Ashdown Park, Westlea and Tynwald were affected by the rising water levels following the heavy rains.