According to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), three men from the city of Harare were struck by lightning in separate events, and two of them passed away while the third is fighting for his life in a nearby hospital.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) reported the incidents in which two people died after being struck by lightning in Harare on November 22, 2022. Philip Chiundudzi (43) and Prosper Chiundudzi (27) were struck by lightning while hiding from the rain in a shed at Habakkuk Church, Retreat Park, Waterfalls. Both of them died as a result of their injuries.
Phillip Chiundudzi passed away shortly after being admitted to a local hospital, and his brother Prosper Chiundudzi was also admitted to the same hospital, where his condition is being described as critical by the police.
In a similar incident on the same day, Leonard Matipano, age 33, passed away instantly after being struck by lightning while planting maize seed in a field close to Ridgeview in Belvedere, Harare. Matipano was working in an open place near Ridgeview.
In the meantime, experts advise people to take safety precautions during storms. Some of these steps include evacuating elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges, or peaks as quickly as possible, avoiding lying flat on the ground, never seeking shelter beneath an isolated tree, and staying away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
It would appear that the Meteorological Department issued a warning about flooding in Muzarabani’s low lying areas not too long ago.