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16 killed as lightning strikes church in Rwanda

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KIGALI — At least 16 people were killed and 140 others injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said on Sunday.

The churchgoers were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, where two were in serious condition, Rose Mureshyankwano said.

She said 17 of those injured were still in the hospital, while the rest had been discharged.

A similar incident occurred on Friday when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one.

Images shared by local authorities showed crowds of people, along with officials, observing caskets in Nyaruguru district.

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Last October, lightning killed 18 people in different parts of the country.

Lightning strikes are frequent across Rwanda, which has many hills and mountains, and the country’s police record a number of human and livestock deaths each year.

Lightning killed 30 people, injured 61 and killed 48 livestock in 2016, the most recent year with full figures, according to Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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