A LIGHTNING struck amid heavy downpour killing two minors and injuring three in General Trias City, Cavite on Thursday.
Police identified the fatalities as Xian Agripa Parangan, 10, student of Pasong Camachile Elementary School and a resident of Bgy. Pasong Camachile 2, General Trias City, Cavite; and Edison Hachero, 16, of Bgy. Santiago, of the same city.
The injured were John Carlo Mira, 9; Vince Angelo Angcaya, 10, both of Bgy. Pasong Camachile 2; and Jovic Gubat, an adult and a resident of Bgy. Santiago, General Trias City.
According to a report submitted to General Trias City police chief Col. Jose O. Naparato Jr., the first incident occurred around 4 p.m. on Thursday in Sitio Kiko Rosa, Bgy. San Francisco.
Victims Hachero and Gubat were standing on the middle of the road where they were working and waiting for the rain to stop when suddenly a lightning struck them.
They were rushed to General Trias Medicare Hospital in Bgy. Pinagtipunan, where Hachero was declared dead on arrival.
Around 5 p.m. on the same day, in Bgy. Pasong Camachile 2, Parangan, Mira and Angcaya were flying a kite in the open field area of the village when they decided to took shelter on a big tree when heavy rains pour. They were waiting for the rain to stop when lightning hit the tree.
The three minors were brought to the nearest hospital, where Parangan was pronounced dead on arrival.
Mira and Angcaya were later transferred to the Philippine General Hospital in Manila for further treatment of burnt wounds.
“Sinabihan ko na s’ya na pumirme na sa bahay at maulan, lumabas pa talaga s’ya para magpalipad ng saranggola, kasama ang kanyang mga kaibigan,” Parangan’s mother told probers.