, BUJUMBURA, Oct 29 – Lightning killed three people overnight in the small central African nation of Burundi, where torrential rains also destroyed dozens of homes, officials said Friday.
"Three people were killed by lightning last night as heavy rains pounded the hills of Murambi and Kiganda (southern Burundi), where at least 37 homes were destroyed," local official Gerard Ndikumana told AFP.
He said the latest storms had brought to nine the number of people killed by lightning and to more than 300 the number of houses swept by the downpour in his constituency alone since the rainy season started three weeks ago.
Ndkikumana said emergency assistance — notably tents, clothes and cooking utensils — were needed for thousands of people made homeless in his Rumonge district.
Four people were killed by lightning during a church service in Rumonge earlier this month.
More than 20 people have died as a result of storms and rainfall in Burundi since the start of October.