The incident occurred in Gakukumbu village, Kabilizi cell, Rugerero sector, on February 01, 2024. Following the Hero’s Day event, rain accompanied by lightning struck the area in the afternoon.
The Executive Secretary of Rugerero Sector, Nsabimana Mvano Etienne, noted that the area is not typically prone to lightning strikes.
He emphasized the importance of caution during rainy weather, advising people to stay away from metal structures, avoid taking shelter under trees, and refrain from activities that might expose them to the risk of lightning strikes.
Initially, reports suggested that two people were killed by lightning in the sector. However, authorities later clarified that only one person died.
Prompt action by the district administration led to the grandmother being transported to Gisenyi Hospital for medical attention.
Global statistics indicate that lightning claims over 24,000 lives and injures more than 240,000 people annually. The Rwandan government urges citizens to avoid seeking shelter under trees during the rainy season and to refrain from using electrical appliances in such weather, as it heightens the risk of lightning strikes.
Additionally, public establishments like schools, churches, and other authorities are encouraged to install lightning protection measures to minimize the chances of lightning-related incidents.