Lightning has reportedly struck group of marketers in Ganta, Nimba County, leaving nine marketers admitted at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital and the Esther and Jeremiahline Hospital in Ganta City.
The incident occurred Wednesday, 19 September in the Ganta LPMC Market. No death has been reported yet.
Victims in critical condition at the two hospitals are identified as 22-year-old Neomen Kpeah, who is receiving medication at the Esther and Jeremiahline Hospital, while the other eight being treated at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital include Cyrus Dahn, 18, Sunday Boy Wellbelleh, 14, Cythina Kehmie, 25, Abarahm Kollie, 25, Shela Sennah, 26, Alice Yormie, 32, and Lovettee Sorgbeh, 28, among others.
Our Nimba County Correspondent, who visited scene of the incident, says the nine victims were in the market along with other colleagues, selling various commodities when the lightning struck, hitting only nine of them.
The LPMC Market is an extension of the Ganta General Market aimed at helping to provide easier access to market facilities.
The head for the LMPC Market Madam Yar Dolo, narrates that while enroute to a night school to acquire basic literacy, her son called and informed her that her marketers have been hit by lightning.
Madam Dolo continues that since she took office at the LMPC Market, this is the first incident that has occurred there.In 2016 lightning struck and killed several marketers at the main Ganta General Market.
Wednesday’s tragedy brings to two, lightning strikes on marketers in the commercial district of Ganta, Nimba County.An eyewitness, Julie Karkeh, narrates that at about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, residents of Ganta City experienced heavy downpour during which the lightning struck and affected several marketers, including her 14-year-old son Sunday Boy Wellbelleh.
By Thomas Domah/Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne