One dead and four injured by lighting strike in Botshabelo

A lightning strike killed one and injured four other people near Fairways in Botshabelo in the Free State Wednesday afternoon.

Spokesperson for the provincial Emergency Medical Services, Sipho Towa, says paramedics were called after 16:00 to attend to the scene.

On arrival the victims were found lying on the ground. One was declared dead on the scene and the four others were transported to Botshabelo Hospital to be treated for minor to moderate injuries.

Meanwhile the South African Weather Services’ Elani Heyneke, says the golden rule is “when thunder roars go indoors”.

She further urges people to exercise the safety precaution during thunder storms.

What to do during thunder storms:

  • Stay inside a stable building
  • Stay in the middle of the room
  • Stay away from water, windows and plugged electronic cables.
  • Being inside a car is also safe if there is no other option.
  • When outside, find the lowest point and do the lightning crouch.

What not to do during thunder storms:

Do not seek shelter on hilltops, under unprotected gazebos or picnic shelters, under a tree, telephone or power lines. Do not seek shelter in isolated sheds.

OFM News/ Marvin Ntsane