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Newsletter Content:
Update on Activities
Lead Story, Editors' Note 
'Tell your story'
Lightning Folklore
Lightning events reported for March

Video: Lightning Protection Challenges in the Developing World
Two dead  and six injured by lightning in Morocco
Two boys were killed and six others injured on Monday, 1 March 2021, by lightning following storm disturbances, while playing soccer in the Douar Chaoui part of the commune of Zemrane Charqia
according to the authorities of the province of El Kelâa des Sraghna.

Local authorities, the Royal Gendarmerie, and Civil Protection services quickly responded and the injured were evacuated to the local hospital in Tamellalt and the regional hospital of El Kelâa des Sraghna to receive care.
Read more
This report from Citizen Reporter Stephane Schmitt of Meteorage in France who is helping us with French translation.
Morocco, a country found in northwestern corner of Africa, is outside the tropics so one might conclude that there is little risk of injury or death from lightning. Morocco also seems to be 'low risk' because it is largely dessert with little rainfall, particularly in the location where it struck earlier this month, killing two boys and injuring six others.

March 2021 opened with the fatal lightning incident in central Morocco in the province of El Kelâa des Sraghna. The boys who died or were injured were playing soccer in an open-air field when lightning struck. This is similar to the recent mass casualty incident in August of 2020 when ten boys were killed at a soccer game near the town of Odramacaku at the border between Uganda and DRC. The problem in both cases seems to be that young boys find it difficult to stop a game when it starts to rain. They are filled with energy and don't think about the danger of lightning and thunderstorms. 

It will take time and multi-dimensional efforts to make it common knowledge that ‘When thunder roars, go indoors’ should be a guiding rule. In some cases, there might not be observable roaring of thunder, particularly if this was the first strike of the storm, but many times lightning is part of clouds that bring rain or drizzle. This is the public safety information that we need to drive into the minds of everybody across Africa.
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FOCUS: Stephan Schmitt, a lightning professional with Meteorage France, has volunteered to screen and translate French language reports of lightning injuries in Africa. His report is the Lead Story this month and he is also helping with translating The African Flash into a French edition. 

We welcome all volunteers to help us build a database on lightning injuries, deaths and property damage across Africa!

Ambundu Thunder Gods - Thundering Hero Twins

Sudika-mbambi and Kabundungulu are miraculous thundering twin brothers. They were formed ready to go — and go they did, destroying demons, mangling monsters and mating with witches.

Their most perilous adventure was invading the Underworld and carrying off two daughters of the Underworld King. After much dispute over who was to marry which witch, they set up separate strongholds, one in the East and one in the West.

The noise of rolling thunder is the sound of them calling to each other across the sky - no need for cellphones!

African Lightning Events for March
Two dead and six wounded by lightning
Reported by new Citizen Reporter Stephane Schmitt
1 March 2021
Read more
17-year-old Boy Killed and Sister Injured by Lightning in Tshumbe
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Reported by Manuela Eber-Telemaque
5 March 2021
Read more
Lightning Kills in Andulo
Translated by Daniel E. Villamil
5 March 2021
Read more
One person killed, two others injured following lightning strike in Bomet
9 March 2021
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Two pupils killed by lightning strike in central Tanzania
14 March 2021
Read more
Toddlers struck by lightning
14 March 2021
Read more
Husband and Wife Killed by Lightning in Kasungu District

Reported by GIlbert Phiri
26 March 2021
Read more
Lightning kills couple in Kasungu

Media report
27 March 2021
Read more

Lightning Strikes 19 Cattle In Hwange

28 March 2021
Read more
Lightning kills three members of the same family
Translated by Daniel E. Villamil
29 March 2021
Read more

Lightning Protection Challenges in the Developing World 

The story of ACLENet's Lightning Protection Working Group
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