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Lightning kills 7 students in Burundi

Published on Jan 25, 2014 9:22 PM

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AFP) - Lightning in Burundi killed seven high school students and wounded 51 others when it struck a classroom where they were sheltering from a ferocious storm, officials said on Saturday.

"This was an exceptional disaster that hit not only our town, but also other areas of the country, when we should be in the dry season," said Mr Prudence Kabura, a local government official in Nyanza-Lac, some 150km south of the capital Bujumbura, of the storm on Friday.

As many as 500 houses were also destroyed by the heavy rains, he added.

The tragedy follows a series of fatal lightning strikes in recent days.

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