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17-year-old boy dies after being struck by lightning

17-year-old boy dies after being struck by lightning

A 17-year-old coconut seller has died and two other persons are currently hospitalized after they were struck by lightning.

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The deceased, identified as Emmanuel Doli, a former student of the Sokode Senior High Technical School, was selling coconut at Bankoe, a suburb of Ho in the Volta Region, Ghana, when he was struck.

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Two other two victims who were struck by lightning were rushed to the hospital by the National Ambulance Service.

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However, the body of Emmanuel was abandoned at the scene “over fears of the gods”.

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Some opined that the coconut he was selling might have been ‘stolen, which is why he was struck.’

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However Selasi Kwao, the deceased’s brother dispelled the rumours.

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He said: “The coconut was plucked at our family house at Sokode Bagble. The coconut tree belongs to our uncle, and he was aware we were plucking some of the coconuts.

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“I personally climbed the tree to pluck it. I plucked them from 6 trees.

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“My brother who is dead now did not climb the tree. I even paid some people who helped in climbing with me. I only sent him to come and sell them.”

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Mother of the boy, Rejoice Kwao, who couldn’t control her tears, narrated how she heard about his son’s demise.

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She said: “They have been selling coconut for some time now. But today I was at work when I received a call about lightning striking my son. I came here only to see the boy on the floor lifeless. My brother takes care of coconuts for people, so they pluck from him also. But I don’t know what happened here today. There has never been a problem in his selling. I’m still shocked and can’t understand this happening.”

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