A storm clouds rolled in and heralded by dazzling claps of thunder and lightning led to a tragic incident in the lives of two victims who were hit by a flash of lightning this afternoon in San Andres, Sto. Domingo, Albay.
Sto. Domingo, Albay, [06.03.18] – The dazzling claps of thunder and the hail of a strong lightning bolt has tragically killed a Grade 11 high school student male and wounded a woman in the village of San Andres in Sto. Domingo, Albay this afternoon.
Police Senior Inspector Genevive Oserin, Chief of Police of Sto. Domingo Municipal Police Station identified the victims as Ryan Balute and Editha Balute of Purok 3, San Andres.
The victims are relative and neighbors.
Ryan Balute was charging a cellphone, while his aunt Edith Balute was cooking when the lightning hit them at 4:15 o’ clock in the afternoon, Police Senior Inspector Oserin said.
Balute died but Balute was successfully revived by attending physicians of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi City where they were brought by the responsing troops of Sto. Domingo Muicipal Police Station.
The San Andres incident is the first fatal lightning occurrence reported this year in Albay.
Lightning is a sudden high-voltage discharge of electricity that occurs within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the ground. Globally, there are about 40 to 50 flashes of lightning every second, or nearly 1.4 billion flashes per year. These electrical discharges are powerful and deadly.
Each year, lightning strikes kill people, livestock, and wildlife. Each year lightning is also responsible for billions of dollars in damage to buildings, communication systems, power lines, and electrical equipment.