Lightning struck and killed five people working on a tomb in
east China's Zhejiang Province and injured another, local
police said on Tuesday.
Seven villagers were building a tomb on a small hill near Zhiwan
Village, Panshi Township, Yueqing City at about 4:00 PM on Monday,
when there was a boom of thunder followed by a heavy downpour, a
township police spokesman said.
Lightning struck and five villagers were killed on the spot and
another injured. The only villager to emerge unscathed ran to the
village and summoned police.
The spokesman did not say whether the villagers were using
shovels or other metal tools at the time.
Rain and thundershowers have been frequent occurrences in recent
days in Wenzhou, according to the local meteorological station,
which has warned residents against lightning.
The station has dispatched staff members to the village to look
into the accident.
(Xinhua News Agency June 26, 2007)