22 students, one teacher killed by lightning strike

Remember the rule: If you are close enough to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Here's a story that should make you all respect lightning as weather's top killer.

Twenty-two students and a teacher died after lightning struck their school in the Uganda Tuesday.

Local police spokeswoman Zura Ganyana said Wednesday that 51 students between the ages of 7 and 16 were injured Tuesday. She said the teacher who died was visiting the Runyanya primary school, about 160 miles (some 260 kilometers) west of Uganda's capital.

Zombo education official John Ojobi said another school 200 miles (some 320 kilometers) northwest of Kampala was also hit by lightning Tuesday, injuring 37 students and two teachers.

Meteorology experts said school buildings are being hit because they don't have lightning conductors and are built on high ground.

In the past few weeks, lightning strikes around the country have killed at least 34 people. The North Korean soccer team was also struck by lightning last week.

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