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We are excited to welcome new members to ACLENet's 
Board of Directors:
Anna Candela Garolera (Denmark)
Kim Loehr (United States)
Charles Tonny Mukasa Lusambu (Uganda)
Ken Nixon (South Africa)

We thank Ian Jandrell for his unswerving support of ACLENet as one of the founding Directors and wish him well in his new role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

 Additionally, we welcome more than 400 lightning safety advocates to this newsletter's mailing list. These advocates are from 40 countries around the world and many participated in the commemorations of International Lightning Safety Day (ILSD - 28 June) and attended international the ILSD meetings that were highlighted in the May newsletter.
We welcome their input and ideas!

NOTE TO ALL: We have upgraded our Newsletter mailing account (MailChimp) and are attempting to figure out the Google translate command they use.
So far, it is not working, which accounts for this being later than usual - I hope next month! MAC
Newsletter Content:
Lead Story, Editors' Note 
'Tell your story'
Lightning Folklore survey
Lightning events reported for July

Video: AMS paper - Investigation of Lightning deaths and injuries Mongoyo primary school
Lightning kills three as five-hour downpour pounds the Ebonyi community in Nigeria
At about 3 pm Saturday, 10 July, three persons were killed by lightning in two different areas of the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
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In July 2021, lightning related disasters were reported in headlines across the globe. To the east in India, 65 people were killed by lightning on a single day (July 11th, 2021) in different parts of the northern states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. To the west along the US western coast, ‘hundreds of lightning strikes’ caused ‘dozens of fires’ in the states of California and Oregon. A vivid scene of an old tree estimated to be more than 200 years was captured on camera being split apart by lightning and adding to a forest fire.

Although we have not received news of a Mass Causality Incident (MCI) in Africa in July, it is also not a rainy, storm-prone time of year, but we continue to note scattered fatalities and property damage due to lightning in the tropical areas.

The destructive power of lightning is ever present around the world, and we need to shift our discussions from ‘whether there will be lightning’ to ‘what lightning will do, and how we can prevent deaths, injuries and property damage’.

LIGHTNING is the most common weather
that people worldwide encounter, sometimes on a daily basis and often with little knowledge of what they can do to decrease their risk.

We need to shift the definition of 'disaster' to include lightning, not just hurricanes, tornadoes and other, often less frequent, weather threats. This is the discussion we need to hold with governments across Africa.

Lightning is a constant danger across Africa, and, because of widespread poverty, most communities are vulnerable. The messages and tools used in developed countries are often not applicable across Africa because of this vulnerability manifested by lightning unsafe homes, schools, and other structures and lack of public education in lightning safety. 

ACLENet is readying itself to address the lightning challenge. Recently, a new Board of Directors was inaugurated to strengthen leadership, fundraising, and management oversight. We are excited about this milestone and are hopeful of improved service delivery.
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African Lightning Events Reported in July
KATI: children struck by lightning

28 June 2021
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Two women killed by lightning in Ntui (Center)

29 June 2021
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Lightning strikes three as five-hour downpour pounds Ebonyi community

12 July 2021
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Kolda: A mother killed by lightning, two other people injured

31 July 2021
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This paper, presented by Richard Tushemereirwe at the American Meteorological Society 2021, discusses results of the investigation of a lightning strike in Uganda at Mongoyo Primary School in October 2018, where 3 children were killed and more than 70 hospitalized from one lightning strike.
For video of lightning across Africa,
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