Burera Family, Friends Grieve for Woman Struck and Killed by Lightning

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By Williams Buningwire  

The most affected districts are Gicumbi, Ngoma, Gatsibo, Rwamagana, Gisagara, Huye, Rubavu, Rusizi and Nyamasheke

It was normal Sunday for Nzayisenga Cecile 31, as practicing Christian, a resident of Mudugari village, Rubayo cell in Bungwe sector, Burera district in Northern Province.

The day started with Nzayisenga – a staunch Christian heading to church for Sunday sermon as has been scheduled on her weekly calendar. Nzayisenga had a fruitful Sunday service. But little did she know that the day marked her final closeness with God on earth.

When Nzayisenga left the church around midday, it had started to drizzle. She tried to rush home before it rained heavily. On arriving home, it had started to rain heavily and Nzayisenga rushed to her bed room.

Few minutes later, her brother had a thunderous noise mixed with creams. Rushing to his sister’s bedroom, he found Nzayisenga was dead. She was struck by lightning as it rained.

Grief engulfed the family, as neighbours started to pour in for the vigil. “She (Nzayisenga) was everything to us. She was the bread winner of our family. There is nothing left with us now,” said Simeon Nzanyingoma – Nzayisenga’s brother.

Indeed, the deceased was just a few months behind to complete her University studies and was currently a part-time teacher at Tumba primary school in Burera sector, Burera district.

Yesterday, a requiem mass was held at a nearby Catholic Church Bungwe sector as fellow Christians paid their last tribute to the 31-year-old Nzayisenga.

Leading the mass, Father Duniya Fulgence, said the church was saddened by the untimely death of its key member.

“It is a sorrowful moment. We have lost a good person and a courageous one in Nzayisenga. She was a good practicing Christian but God has decided,” said Father Duniya Flugence.

“The deceased was the key person to our family with constructive ideas on our family development,” Nzanyingoma told Rwanda Eye. Meanwhile, as residents and family members mourned the deceased, local leaders were busy investigating the motive of the thunder strike that claimed Nzayisenga’s life.

Later on, investigations discovered that an electronic gadget place in late Nzayisenga’s bedroom was the sole cause of her death. As a result, local leaders advised mourners to turn off electric gargets as soon as it starts raining.

“People should turn off electric gargets like radios and Televions this could because for thunder strikes,” said Janvier Uwamahoro.

As part of the ongoing rain season, several cases of disasters have been reported across the country.

Available figures indicate that since the start of this month, 5 people have died and many others left traumatized as a result of disasters of different kinds.

According to Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR), heavy rains characterized by strong winds damaged over 892 hectares of crops and destroyed over 1170 houses across the country.

Other destroyed properties, according to MIDMAR, include, livestock, water supply and electricity supply lines, bridges, among others.

The Ministry says the most affected districts:  Gicumbi, Ngoma, Gatsibo and Rwamagana in Eastern Province, Gisagara and Huye districts in Southern Province as well as Rubavu, Rusizi and Nyamasheke in Western Province.

The Minsitry says that affected people in different districts have received emergency rapid support such as non-food items including Cooking pans, blankets, soaps, hygienic tools and other various kitchen utensils.



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