Lightning kills six in Madagascar

The relatives – including a 3-year-old – had taken shelter from a storm

Six people from the same family were “killed on the spot” by a lightning strike in Madagascar over the weekend while sheltering from a storm, officials said Monday.

The relatives — including a three-year-old child — were killed in the central village of Bakaro on Saturday. Another person suffered superficial burns.

“Twenty-five farmers sheltering from rain under a thatched cottage after leaving their rice field were hit by a lightning bolt,” said medical inspector William Patrick Rakotondralambo of the Fitsinjovana commune.

“Six people from the same family were killed on the spot, including a three-year-old child,” he added.

Eight survivors were treated for shock, Rakotondralambo said.

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Lightning strikes are relatively common in Madagascar, an Indian Ocean island famed for its unique wildlife and well-known for its vanilla and precious redwood.

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