THE February FLASH Africa

February 28 2018

Thank you for being part of the great fight to save lives in Africa
Lightning moves about 30,000 times as fast as a bullet.
44,000 lightning storms occur every day throughout the world. Lightning strikes the earth 6,000 times a minute. Since your last breath, lightning has struck the earth 100 times.
A standard six couple who died on Monday after being struck by lightning in Malawi while having a chat at a maize field have been buried in the same grave on Wednesday January 18.

Zimbabwe: Fertile Ground for Lightning

The rainstorms that nourish Zimbabwe's rich soil from October to April also give the country one of the world's highest death tolls from lightning strikes.
Zimbabwe has had ‘the highest numbers of reports from Africa in January and February’ 2018

Director's Message

Dear Friends of ACLENet:
Welcome to the inaugural issue of our new monthly newsletter.  Each newsletter will vary a bit depending on recent publications, research news and other items of interest that are pertinent to ACLENet’s mission: 
To reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from lightning across Africa.  
 We will also include links to news reports of injuries, deaths and property damage for the month before.  Please help us to reduce these deaths and injuries by providing lightning protection to Africa’s most vulnerable, it’s children!
 We welcome your suggestions and comments and wish God’s Blessings on all of you, your families, and your work. 
Mary Ann Cooper
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High lights of major incidents in February

Lightning kills 17 goats at Namibia farm

Thomas told Nampa on Friday that he recorded between 20 and 40 millimetres (mm) of rain on that day and it was during this downpour that his 17 goats were struck by the lightning.

Lightning strike kills Midlands State University student (Zimbabwe)
In a suspected case of juju, a Midlands State University student died on the spot yesterday when lightning struck her at Chegutu Hospital.

Lightning kills boy in Kunene (Namibia) News - National | 2018-01-16Page no: 5
Lightning bolt strikes MSU student dead [Zimbabwe] 02 Feb 2018 at 05:59hrs
Lightning strikes, kills Gutu woman (Zimbabwe) Walter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
Lightning struck to death a fisherman in Karonga (Maalawi) Ndi Robert Ngwira Jan 31, 2018

Lightning kills one, 200 injured after downpour (Ghana)

One person is dead with hundreds wounded at Ngleshie Amanfrom near Kasoa in the Ga South Municipality following thunder and rainstorms that accompanied the heavy downpour on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.
Young Couple Struck by Lightning at Maize Field Buried in the Same Grave in Lilongwe (Malawi)

A standard six couple who died on Monday after being struck by lightning while having a chat at a maize field have been buried in the same grave on Wednesday January 18.
The bodies of the deceased couple identified as 16-year-old Anderson Yohane and 12-year-old Patricia Guwe have been buried in Mzondo Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chitukula in Lilongwe.
Lightning kills man (Zimbabwe) January 11, 2018 Clearance Munondo Zimbabwe
Lightning bolt strikes 5 people, killing 2 in Zimbabwe By Whinsley Masara The Chronicle (Zimbabwe) Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:28 UTC
Lightning strike 7 family members, killing 2 (Zimbabwe) February 7, 2018
Lightning strike kills Midlands State University student (Zimbabwe) By Muza Mpofu 1 February 2018
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