Three pupils of Mkulima Primary School in Kuresoi North Sub-county have been confirmed dead after lightning struck their school.
Four other children who sustained serious injuries have been transferred to Nakuru Provincial General Hospital for specialized treatment.Thirty students shocked were immediately taken to Kuresoi Health center for first aid attention.
Nakuru Police Commander Stephen Matu has confirmed the deaths saying the pupils were struck this evening while at the school. Matu has said five of the 27 undergoing treatment at Kuresoi Health Center are in a critical condition.
“Two pupils died on spot after being struck while one died while being attended to at the hospital,” Matu has said.
According to county director of communication Beatrice Obwocha, plans are underway to refer those in a critical condition to the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital.Two county ambulances have been dispatched to move the victims.
“The Department of Health has also dispatched a team of clinical officers and nurses to Kuresoi Health Center. Plans are also underway to refer those in a critical condition for specialized care at Nakuru Level Five facility,” Obwocha has said.
The incident closely follows that of a young man in Malindi,Kilifi county, who was struck to death while sheltering under a mango tree.
It happened on Monday 13 afternoon at Roka bus stage. Kelyson Kitsau Mapinga, 24, left home in Kijiwe Tanga at around 12 noon and boarded a Matatu for Roka to visit his elder brother who had just arrived from Nairobi with his wife and a newborn child.
According to a close family source, he alighted at the bus stage at around 1 pm and sought shelter under a mango tree since it was raining heavily.