Some 20 people were killed by a lightning strike on high-voltage power lines in Congo Brazzaville, the authorities say.

The incident happened on the first day of a lockdown in the capital, Brazzaville, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

So far 22 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the country including two deaths.

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The mayor of Kintele district, Stella Mensah Saddou Nguesso, said people were electrocuted by the falling cables.

Eyewitnesses said one line fell on a house, setting it on fire and killing those inside.

The other cable struck a pool of water in a courtyard, electrocuting the neighbours.

Heavy rain has been falling in Kintele for several hours.

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Some of the dead and injured were rushed to hospital by people in private vehicles as ambulances could not cope with the numbers.

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