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Nine children, aged 13 to 15, were killed on the spot while another died on the way to hospital.

Ten children have been killed by lightning in the north-western Uganda city of Arua after sheltering in a hut during a storm.

The children were playing football when heavy rain forced them to take a break in a nearby grass-thatched structure which was struck by lightning.

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Nine children, aged 13 to 15, were killed on the spot while another died on the way to hospital. Three survivors are receiving treatment at the regional hospital.

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Uganda’s north-western region has been experiencing severe rains coupled with thunder and lightning.

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This is the worst accident of its kind in Uganda since 2011, when 18 children were killed at a school in the mid-western region.

That year, 28 people also died from lightning strikes in a single week.

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