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Thunder kills a 17-year-old SHS student in the Volta Region

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A 17-year-old male student of the Sokode Senior High School in the Volta Regional Capital, Ho, has died after being struck by lightning.

The deceased, identified as Emmanuel Dorli, was reportedly hit by a thunder strike while in the company of two female colleagues.

According to, the incident occurred during a downpour in the late hours of Monday.

The news website reports that the two female friends of the deceased who were also affected by the lightning are currently on admission at the Ho Teaching Hospital.

Dorli, who is said to be a coconut hawker, a business he does after school hours and on weekends, was going about his daily business when his unfortunate death occurred.

His mother narrated that her son was selling coconuts at his normal spot after school while she was at work, only to be called later and informed about his shocking death.

It is said that, per tradition, the deceased’s corpse has to remain at the spot where he was struck until traditional prayers are offered before it can be taken to the mortuary.

Meanwhile, one of the residents of the area is reported as having attributed the incident to a possible spiritual battle that may have ensued between the deceased and someone.

“These things are spiritual and it happens only when someone is behind it and the victim might have had issues with someone who decided to go the spiritual way,” the resident said.

It is reported that before the incident, the deceased had had an argument with a competitor whom he warned to desist from competing with him.

It remains unclear if that has any link with the incident that led to the death of Dorli.


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