With the thunderstorm season in full swing, South Africans who live on the highveld and on the escarpment have been warned that when thunder roars, go indoors.
There have been a number of fatal lightning incidents this season. Four (4) workers died after they were struck on a farm near Upington this week. While on Sunday, a rowing coach died and a teenager was injured when they were hit by lightning in Germiston.
Speaking to eNCA, forensic pathologist Ryan Blumenthal noted lightning as South Africa’s biggest weather-related killer, with between 80 and 100 people dying annually. He urged people to find shelter, preferably in something like a car that is fully enclosed in metal when thunderstorms hit.
He frown against standing on a hill or sheltering under a tree. Watch the interview here: