Kilifi, KENYA: A woman on Tuesday is reported to have died instantly after being struck by lightning in Dzitsoni, Kilifi County.
Kadzo Karima, 37, is said to have been struck on her way back from the farm in the company of other two relatives who fainted but later on recovered.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday at the Kilifi county hospital, Mwananje Mwaringa, a brother to the deceased said Karima left early in the morning to work at the farm just a few miles from her home stead.
“My sister was well until she was struck today on her way back from the shamba,we are yet to establish the real cause of her death because some are already associating it with witchcraft.” said Mwaringa.
However elders say the incident is very rare in that area especially to human beings and normally if it happens it is a bad omen to the community.
“When such an incident occurs, it’s regarded as a bad indication of the forthcoming rainy season. Normally such an incident is a bad omen to the Mijikenda community,” one of the elders said.
The body of the deceased is at the Kilifi county hospital mortuary pending postmortem.